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ESSA: Seizing a $1.1 Billion Opportunity: Take 3 steps to secure funding for HPE in your school

Congress recently allocated $1.1 billion for Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for the upcoming school year, which means the time is NOW to make your funding request for your school district.

USDA Foods Recall: National Frozen Foods Corporation Frozen Green Beans

National Frozen Foods Corporation (NFFC) is conducting a voluntary recall of a limited selection of IQF Not-Ready-To Eat vegetable products due to the potential for contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

RECALL: Swift Beef Company Recalls Beef Stew Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Swift Beef Co., doing business as JBS USA Food Company, a Cactus, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 4,702 pounds of beef stew product that may be contaminated with foreign matter , specifically plastic and metal.

School Garden Sweepstakes Will Award Cash for Gardens

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.

Requesting Free Carry-over Pounds

For CEs participating in further processing of USDA Foods, CEs may request free carry-over pounds

SECURITY NOTICE

Please read this notification of a malicious ransomware attack that may have impacted Texas schools.

Ongoing Harvey Relief Efforts

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.

IDEA Public Schools and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District receive 2017 USDA Farm to School Grants

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.

TDA Serves up New Software to School Nutrition Programs

The Texas Department of Agriculture’s MENU software platform is now available for all Texas school districts to use free of charge.

Flexibility for School Lunch Regulations Announced

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.

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:  
mail: 
U.S. Department of Agriculture 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or 
(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.
 
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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