Helpful Information and Websites
Federal Disaster Assistance
School Nutrition and Meals Information
The Texas Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Division is working to provide schools with all the information they need to operate as shelters, accommodate displaced students and resume operations in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. For information visit http://www.squaremeals.org/FandNResources/HarveyUpdatesforTexasNutritionPrograms.aspx
School Districts including Districts of Innovation, and charters that use their USDA school food inventory to provide meals to those affected by Hurricane Harvey should refer to the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) website at http://www.squaremeals.org/Programs/FoodAssistanceforDisasterRelief.aspx.
What qualifies to be replenished by the USDA/TDA at no cost will depend on each unique situation and can change pending approval of waivers from the USDA. The Summer feeding program and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provide additional flexibility to allow school districts and charter schools to feed students before school reopens. Additionally TDA has received several waivers from USDA in regards to meal pattern and meal service times as well as the ability to feed students at no cost to the family. This provision is effective until September 30, 2017 with the possibility for TDA to request to extend as necessary. If you have questions please contact TDA and refer to the website at http://www.squaremeals.org/Programs/FoodAssistanceforDisasterRelief.aspx. The website will be updated as new information becomes available.