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Area Flooding Assistance Options

" 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.
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As the Houston area recovers from devastating floods, listed below is guidance independent school districts may use to assist their communities.

  • All students who have been displaced due to flooding in their homes may be considered homeless. The district's Homeless Liaison should update the homeless list to include all student's in this situation. Any student added by the Homeless Liaison is eligible to receive meals free. 

 

  • Districts may not unilaterally serve all students free no matter the percentage of students impacted by the flooding. Any student not declared homeless must be served based upon their individual eligibility.

 

  • If district facilities have been affected by flooding, a number of factors must be considered to determine next steps. Has the point of service been negatively impacted? Has the ability for the district to serve required meal components been negatively impacted? Has the ability to receive food and supplies orders been negatively impacted? For each question answered, determine the extent of the impact to the district's ability to meet all federal program requirements. If the assessment of the questions above would support a request to receive a waiver of certain program requirements, submit the requests and the supporting analysis to TDA via Squaremeals.org.

 

  • The Red Cross is heading up community efforts to provide shelter to the areas impacted. If they determine there is a need for USDA Foods, they will request assistance through the Mass Care Coordinator at the State Operations Center (SOC). The SOC will coordinate the request with TDA. There must be a federal declaration of disaster in such cases.

 

We hope this information will help you as your strive to support your affected community.


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