To set and maintain a new habit, start by looking for a small and precise issue that you want to change. These small but focused actions allow you to concentrate on generating real results. Additionally, look for ways to keep yourself motivated as you go.
Let's make 2023 a great year!
CACFP Funding Availability
From message board on TX-UNPS:Due to a shortage of federal funds, we are not able to process all the claims submitted in TX-UNPS. We are awaiting funds from the U. S. Department of Agriculture. We do not have an estimate on when we will receive the funds.
ByHeart Infant Formula Recall
MegaCon 2023 Coming Soon!
National CACFP Sponsors Association Conference Scholarship Opportunity
The deadline for scholarship application is Tuesday, January 10. Apply here.
National CACFP Sponsors Association is providing 15 scholarship opportunities to attend the 2023 National Child Nutrition Conference in San Diego. They will also be awarding 15 additional scholarships to attend the conference virtually.
Conference will be held in San Diego, CA April 10-14, 2023.
Retirement of the Team Nutrition Network
Click HERE for more info.
National CACFP Sponsors Association: New Year, New Recipes!
A new year means fresh recipe ideas for your center or family care home! But where to start? We've got you covered! Join us for this fun session where you will learn new #CACFPCreditable recipes that could bring excitement to any menu.
Presented by: Isabel Ramos-Lebron, MS, RDN, LD; National CACFP Sponsors Association
Earn 0.5 CEUs for attending this Zoom webinar.
Brought to you by the National CACFP Sponsors Association.
Please complete the form HERE to register. The last day to register is Tuesday, January 17, 2023.
This session will be held virtually on Zoom at 2:00 PM Eastern on Wednesday, January 18, 2023.
You will receive a link directly from Zoom the morning of the event with access instructions. Please be sure to add Zoom (email@example.com) to your approved sender list to avoid emails being sent to junk/spam.
Wednesday, Jan 18, 2023, 02:00 PM
SAVE THE DATE!!! CACFP in Action: A Guide to Recordkeeping In the CACFP
Registration will be open soon!
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023, 02:00 PM
Registration Opens Soon!! SAVE THE DATES!!!
SFSP Final Rule 2022|Site Recruitment Strategy - REQUIRED
Webinar Recording Available: SFSP Final Rule Overview
Summer 2023 - Updates to Meal Service Time Requirements in SFSP
Summer 2023 - Updates to Offer Vs Serve Requirements in SFSP
Summer 2023 - Updates to Site Visit Requirements in SFSP
All CEs are required to visit any new site or a site with previous operational issues in the prior year within the first two weeks of operation. CEs are still required to conduct a full review of food service operations at each site within the first four weeks of operation, and thereafter, maintain a reasonable level of site monitoring. The final rule allows the food service review to occur at the same time as the site visit during the first two weeks of operation.
Summer 2023 - Area Eligibility for Closed Enrolled Sites
The "traditional" waiver that allowed closed enrolled SFSP sites to become eligible based on being located in a low-income area has been codified in the Code of Federal Regulations per the September 2022 Final Rule. However, CEs wishing to operate a closed enrolled site must provide justification for why they are not able to service the community.
Closed enrolled sites are eligible to operate if at least 50% of its enrollees are qualified for free or reduced-price meals as determined through the individual income eligibility of the children attending the site. However, per Final Rule, Streamlining Program Requirements and Improving Integrity in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), instead of determining the individual income eligibility of each enrolled child, a site may document its status as a closed enrolled site by using area eligibility data. CEs wishing to operate a closed enrolled site in an eligible area must provide justification for why the site is operating as closed enrolled as opposed to being open to the community.
SFSP Application Flexibilities for New CEs Already Operating NSLP/SBP and/or CACFP
Per the recent September 2022 Final Rule, new CEs in good standing in NSLP, SBP, and/or CACFP may be exempt from the lengthier SFSP application process that most new CEs must follow if they meet certain criteria.
SFSP Performance Standards Now Codified in the Code of Federal Regulations
TX-UNPS APPLICATION PACKET DUE DATES for SFSP
Application Packets or the Intake Form MUST BE submitted by the designated due date to be eligible for approval.
January 1, 2023:
The Intake Form located on squaremeals.org is accessible for SFSP potential applicants. The Intake Form should only be completed by potential applicants that have not previously participated in SFSP or were not approved to participate in SFSP in Program Year 2022
January 15, 2023:
Application Packets open in TX-UNPS.
March 15, 2023:
Last day to submit Application Packets in TX-UNPS to TDA if CE is requesting advance payments.
Application Packets submitted in TX-UNPS after this date will not be eligible to receive advance payments for summer 2023.
April 15, 2023:
Last day to submit the SFSP Intake Form via squaremeals.org to initiate the potential applicant review process. Last day to submit the SFSP Application Packet in TX-UNPS for all renewing SFSP CEs that are Not in Good Standing (including CEs with a temporary deferred Serious Deficiency [SD]) for SFSP 2022, CACFP 2022 and/or CACFP 2023.
May 2, 2023:
Last day to submit Application Packets for all other renewing CEs.
Advance payments are made monthly by June 1, July 15, and August 15. To receive an advanced payment, eligible CEs must submit requests according to the following submission dates below:
Advance Month Submission Timeframe
For additional information on advance payments, please refer to TDA's SFSP Supplemental Handbook, Chapter 9 - Program Costs for Reimbursements.
Learn Something New or Refresh for the New Year!
New Food Yields Added to the Food Buying Guide Interactive Tools
Now Available! Test your whole grains knowledge with Team Nutrition’s latest web quiz!
This guidance is not considered all inclusive.
Please see www.squaremeals.org for further guidance.
Note: If TDA makes changes to the website, direct links in this announcement may become void.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider. This program is funded by USDA.