Monthly Newsletter for Child Nutrition Administrators
WHY CAN'T I FILE MY CLAIM?
If the change is not implemented before the 60-day window to file a claim ends, CEs will not be penalized. An exception will be granted in addition to the one-time exception available to CEs. For the summer cost report, CEs will need to manually determine the July claim using the rates in the June claim. For those wanting to estimate the August claim, that can be manually calculated using the rates found here. CEs might need to do a journal entry to move the revenue into the right accounting period after claims can be filed.
LISTEN TO THE LATEST NEWS
NEW! FSMC Contract Review Form
TDA has made some changes to the onsite monitoring form required quarterly for CEs that contract with an FSMC. Find the latest version here.
TDA Seeks Feedback on USDA Foods Available List
Complete this survey by September 19 to provide feedback on new USDA Foods.
NSLW 2022 Materials
Capital Expenditure Requests
Capital Expenditure Requests should be approved within seven business days. If your request has not been approved or denied in that time frame, please reach out to TDA.
Second-chance breakfasts are a great way to increase participation by offering breakfasts when students are ready to eat. Keep in mind, however, that only one breakfast per student can be claimed per day. The ARM will be revised to correct some confusing language regarding this scenario.
Follow this formula when putting in base rates for the TRS Worksheet for Monthly Child Nutrition Contributions:
- Use $0.77 for lunch -- but add $0.08 if you receive performance-based and $0.02 if you receive severe need (max of $0.87)
- Use $0.50 for breakfast.
WHAT IS WBSCM?
Some key changes:
- Co-ops will not have access to WBSCM. CEs/RAs will be responsible for entering that info going forward.
- FSMCs will not automatically receive access to WBSCM. TDA will provide guidance on when it might be appropriate.
- SNA Videos: School Meal Changes for SY2022-23 (English or Spanish)
- Healthy Day Toolkit for student families (English or Spanish)
- Team Nutrition's How School Lunch is Made and How You Can Help
- CDC Parents for Healthy Schools Guide and Promotion Kit
- USDA's Local Wellness Policy Implementation Tools
- USDA Foods Online Training
These parents are truly furious about having to apply for meals this year. Our district did everything we could to get the word out. My question is — when a meal application is finally approved and the students qualify for free meals, what do I do about all of these meal charges?
WIPE THE SLATE
I don't have a crystal ball, but I did see that coming! It's hard to transition back to submitting applications when you've received much-needed free meals for the last two years. Just keep on smiling and reminding. Customer service will go a long way here.
But back to your real question: Can you backdate the eligibility? That depends on what your district policy is according to your Attachment B in TX-UNPS. Take a look at questions 6 and 7, which address this for applications and direct certification, respectively. You only have two options here:
- From the date the application was approved or the date of participation in a categorical program
- From the date the application was received
It's up to your district, but you might consider how difficult it will be for you to implement choice #2. How will that impact claims if they are already submitted, etc.? Most districts opt for #1.
CELEBRATING NEW DIRECTORS
- Don't forget to read the landing page of TXUNPS before you click on anything else.
- Here is what it looks like now:
TURN UP THE VOLUME: DEADLINES APPROACHING
- Verification begins; count free/reduced meal applications
- Farm Fresh Challenge begins
- TX-ELMS Upload/Download
- Summer Cost Report due
- Official count of enrolled students and free/reduced eligibility
- Attachment B Uploads due
RESOURCES AND LINKS
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