The Texas Department of Agriculture has received some waivers from USDA to support the continued operation of meal service in response to coronavirus. Other waivers are not yet approved. Any information regarding USDA waivers related to meal service will be available at SquareMeals.org/coronavirus along with further instructions.
The National Food Service Management Institute was renamed the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) in 2015. If you’re searching for the education, research and training ICN provides, go to www.theicn.org. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is working to ensure all links on SquareMeals.org that reflect the organization's original name are updated to send users to ICN.
Action for Healthy Kids is now accepting applications for school grants for the 2020-2021 school year to help students thrive. Schools may apply for Game On grants to fund physical activity, nutrition, or social-emotional learning (SEL) initiatives.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides state agencies with the option to request a statewide waiver of the Administrative Review cycle for the School Nutrition Programs (SNPs). TDA is requesting a statewide waiver from USDA to perform SNP Administrative Reviews on a four-year cycle and to waive the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) reviews for CEs with no findings during an Administrative Review conducted in the same school year.
Advance Pierre Foods is recalling approximately 15,739 pounds of ready-to-eat beef patty products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically small, green soft plastic.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) warns against consuming any wraps, sandwiches, prepackaged salad, salad kits, or other product containing romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California, growing region.
Vegetable products, including some distributed by companies headquartered in Texas, have been voluntarily recalled due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
TDA is requesting statewide waivers from USDA of certain federal regulations related to first week site visits, time restrictions for meal service, and eligibility for closed enrolled sites for SFSP PY2020.
George’s Prepared Foods, a Caryville, Tenn. establishment, is recalling approximately 6,444 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) pork sausage patty and turkey sausage patty products that may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
Tip Top Poultry, Inc. is recalling an undetermined amount of ready-to-eat poultry products including frozen cooked, diced or shredded products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
USDA has extended until October 1, 2021, the deadline for implementing ounce equivalents to determine the quantity of creditable grains in CACFP.
Contracting entities with questions about purchasing through Food Service Management Contracts or Cooperative Contracts, can call or email TDA.
TDA has notified the school food authorities that were awarded equipment grants from the 2018 and the 2019 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities. Click the headline to read more.
Tyson Foods, Inc. is recalling approximately 190,757 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken fritter products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically hard plastic.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has updated the “And Justice for All” poster that each contracting entity (CE) must display to ensure it is clear discrimination is prohibited in federal nutrition programs. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is currently distributing the new posters to each CE. Most CEs will receive the updated posters by February 28, 2020. No action is required before this time.
Tyson Foods, Inc., a Rogers, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 11,829,517 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides the option for states agencies to request a statewide waiver to allow Child Nutrition Programs (CNPs) to assign free eligibility to students in state-funded pre-kindergarten programs. TDA has requested continuation of the previous waiver to assign free eligibility to state-funded pre-kindergarten students. Click the headline above to read the full Public Notice and Information for the Proposed Waiver Request.
USDA approved TDA’s request for statewide Summer Food Service Program waivers related to First Week Site Visits, Time Restrictions for Meal Service, and Eligibility for Closed Enrolled Sites.
Dec. 13, 2017 - The Get Out and Grow School Garden Sweepstakes will award one school $15,000 to use for a school garden project. This Gold award also includes a visit from a Team USA athlete. Silver and Bronze recognition levels also will offer cash for gardens to more schools. The sweepstakes is open to school administrators or food service directors of eligible K-12 schools.
Dec. 11, 2017
Nov. 24, 2017 - Please read this notification of a malicious ransomware attack that may have impacted Texas schools.
Aug. 28, 2017 - Texas Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition has created a Web page with important information for schools as they provide food and shelter to residents in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Aug. 18, 2017 - Contracting Entities (CEs) in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs can request an exemption enabling them to serve low-fat flavored milk in school meals.
June 12, 2017 - Congratulations to IDEA Public Schools and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District for receiving 2017 USDA Farm to School Grants. Both will use the funds to strengthen connections between students and Texas agriculture.
May 8, 2017 - The Texas Department of Agriculture’s MENU software platform is now available for all Texas school districts to use free of charge.
May 1, 2017 - Chairman Roberts and Secretary Perdue have announced National School Lunch Program regulatory flexibility. The flexibility relates to postponement of sodium targets, flexibility regarding serving non-whole grain rich products, and an allowance for 1 percent milkfat flavored milk to be served. Specific details regarding implementation will be provided by the Texas Department of Agriculture at a later date.
April 25, 2017 - Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony on April 25 at the Supreme Court building. The U.S. Senate confirmed Secretary Perdue by a vote of 87-to-11 on April 24.
March 1, 2017 - Dairy MAX, Inc., the local checkoff promotion organization funded by dairy farmers, offers five $1,000 academic scholarships for students entering the field of agriculture, culinary arts, education or science (a maximum of $2,500 may be awarded based on quality of application).
November 2, 2016 - TDA adjustments to TLS, redistribution of additional entitlement, adjustments to the per-pound pricing for the final weighted average of all Further Processing items, and adjustments to the per case price for the weighted average for first season Farm to School watermelons resulted in an overall impact to entitlement values for the current program year.
April 22, 2016 - As the Houston area recovers from devastating floods, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Texas Department of Agriculture are offering guidance that independent school districts affected by the flooding may use to assist their communities.
March 23, 2016 - TDA is recognizing 65 National School Lunch Program participants for responding to the Local Products Challenge and serving local ingredients from three or more meal components during October! Read the full story for a list of recognized schools.
March 9, 2016 - Spring ISD was one of only 11 school districts nationwide and the only one in Texas to receive a grant to increase breakfast participation from AASA, The School Superintendents Association!
June 19, 2015 - Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced a five-point plan to combat childhood obesity in Texas and begin to change the culture in school lunchrooms.
June 18, 2015 - Do you have a summer success story or best practice that you’ve found to be helpful to your organization’s success in ensuring access to food for children in need? Find out how to share your Summer Success Story!
June 18, 2015 - Find out how to register for the conference and download the free mobile application today!
June 4, 2015 - Find out about the new SFSP Financial Tool on the Summer Feeding Programs Compliance page.