Bringing Procurement Into Focus
 - Planning for accuracy in operation and documentation is essential for quality procurement practices.
Charge Policy - Charge policies outline how school nutrition program contracting entities (CEs) handle providing meals to students when payment cannot be collected at the point of service. Charge policies should be reasonable, well defined and maintain the integrity and dignity of students and households to minimize harm to the student.
Community Eligibility Provision
 - The Community Eligibility Provision is one of the universal meals options schools can choose.
Education Service Centers
 - Regional Education Service Centers are valuable resources for schools across Texas.
  Fun and Healthy Fundraisers - Get more out of fundraising with the 3Es of Healthy Living--Education, Exercise and Eating Right! The Texas Department of Agriculture offers these easy, low cost fundraising ideas to help schools fundraise in a healthy way. Your students can earn, learn and have fun without selling foods that contribute to unhealthy lifestyles.

Fundraising Guidance for Schools
 - Texas has specific policies related to competitive foods and school fundraisers.

Menu Calendar Templates 2019-2020
TDA's fun and informative new menu calendar templates for August 2019 - July 2020 include an exciting superhero each month that makes a healthy school meal fun and engaging for students and families. Click the month below to download. 

 August 2019  Agusto 2019
 September 2019  Septiembre 2019
 October 2019  Octubre 2019
 November 2019  Noviembre 2019
 December 2019  Deciembre 2019
 January 2020  Enero 2020
 February 2020  Febrero 2020
 March 2020  Marzo 2020
 April 2020  Abril 2020
 May 2020  Mayo 2020
 June 2020  Junio 2020
 July 2020  Julio 2020

  Professional Standards - Professional Standards for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs include minimum education requirements for school nutrition directors as well as annual training standards for all school nutrition professionals. These standards raise the profile of the profession, reduce risks in the food operation, and ensure personnel have the knowledge they need to serve healthy products and create nutritious and enjoyable school.

*Effective April 30, 2019 New flexibilities for hiring child nutrition program directors. Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) approval is required before using the exception. Click the link above for more information.

  Purchasing Cooperative Guidelines - This brochure outlines regulatory provisions and principles applicable to School Food Authorities seeking the services of a purchasing cooperative. 
Raising the Bar in School Nutrition Environments
 - Developing wellness policies can help raise the bar in school nutrition environments. 
 Link to Regulatory Conflict for Procurement Regulatory Crosswalk - Schools in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs must follow procurement regulations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Education. This simple charts outlines the regulatory conflicts schools may encounter.
School Meal Flexibilities 
- Starting in the 2019-2020 school year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture introduced flexibilities in three school meal pattern requirements — milk component, grains component and sodium dietary specifications. Contracting entities (CEs) are not required to request approval to implement these flexibilities.
Summer Requirement Handout
 - This one pager explains TDA’s assistance in helping schools meet federal regulations in informing all student households of the Summer Nutrition Program offerings. ALL schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs are required to notify student households that SFSP and SSO meals are available.
Universal Breakfast Texas Senate Bill 376
 - Some schools are required to provide breakfast at no charge to all students or submit a waiver to opt out of the requirement.

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

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U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Texas Department of Agriculture
Commissioner Sid Miller