NSLP Resources

USDA Foods for Further Processing Grab-n-Go Items

For CEs currently ordering USDA Foods for further processing

Many CEs are operating under an alternate feeding method in response to COVID-19. TDA has compiled a list of available Processor Grab-n-Go end products that are easier to utilize during this disruption. CEs can utilize their inventory balances with Processors to reduce food costs by ordering these end products; drawdown their current balances; and assist with feeding.


Please contact your Co-op Coordinator or Processor to order.

Protocol Packet Available for Schools Implementing Seamless Summer Option or Summer Food Service Program during COVID-19

TDA has developed a Protocol Packet resource for schools wishing to implement SSO or SFSP during the COVID-19 outbreak. This resource includes:

  • Application Navigation
  • Recommended Materials for Operations
  • Protocols for Grab and Go/Curbside Pickup, Home Delivered Meals, and Bus Delivered Meals

The Protocol Packet is available here.

No Child Present Waiver Guidance

Updated 3/29/20
USDA has approved for State Agencies to develop a plan to allow parents to pick up meals without their children present. Contracting entities must notify TDA of their intent to utilize this option by completing this intake form. Refer to our quick reference one-pager for more information on this waiver, and contact your Education Service Center for additional guidance.

Recorded Webinar for Schools - 4/1/20


Recorded Webinar - Update for Schools 3/26/20


Recorded Webinar - Meal Serving Options


Next Steps for School Closures

Updated 3/18/20! Coronavirus Intake Form

Please complete the intake form below in addition to your TXUNPS application. This information is required before you can file a claim for the meals served. Schools participating in either SFSP or SSO should complete this form. 


TDA has requested waivers from USDA to support the continued operation of meal service during the coronavirus outbreak. The status of USDA waivers can be found here

Schools planning to offer meals to students during a closure must start the 2020 SSO/SFSP application as soon as possible in TXUNPS. TDA highly encourages schools to utilize the SSO application when possible. When completing the site application please ensure all sites serving meals due to coronavirus are listed as new sites in the application with the letters “CV” followed by the site name. TDA recommends child nutrition directors contact NSLP.bops@texasagriculture.gov  for specific guidance on how to complete a summer application most efficiently.

Multiple Meal Options

Updated 3/19/20

Parent Communication


Online Graphics for Use by Schools Not Serving Meals

Updated 04/7/20
 Schools that are no longer serving meals can post a button or banner on their website to alert families that meal service is no longer available. Click here to download the Zip file containing both.

Emergency Relief Grants Available


Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 4/1/20

SFSP and SSO Meal Delivery Using Existing Authority

Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Texas Department of Agriculture
Commissioner Sid Miller