Ongoing Harvey Efforts

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Food and Nutrition Division is working to provide its partners in USDA food and nutrition programs with the information they need to accommodate displaced Texans and resume operations in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. As recovery efforts continue, Contracting Entities are encouraged to keep the State Agency and/or Education Service Centers informed of any challenges or barriers they are experiencing while working to resume normal food service operations. 

Special Guidance for Sites Located in Disaster Counties

Contracting Entities (CEs) located in the disaster counties have several options in determining the most appropriate method for counting and claiming once they discontinue claiming all students as free. Click here to view document with detailed guidance.

Required Documentation  Maximize 

Meal Eligibility  Maximize 

Community Eligibility Provision  Maximize 

November Flexibility Waiver Extensions for Schools and Child Care Centers  Maximize 

Flexibilities for the Verification Process  Maximize 


The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) is currently available in all Presidentially Declared Disaster counties. For more information about accessing D-SNAP in your county, click here or call 211.

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.

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