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The Child Nutrition program at Region 17 is a service provided to all school districts throughout the region and is designed to provide information, technical assistance, and support for program compliance, nutrition and management. Assistance is available through workshops, training sessions, and direct on-site contact with child nutrition program personnel and administrators. A major function is the safe, efficient, and effective operation of the school/child nutrition program. 
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Child Nutrition is administered through the Texas Department of Agriculture. The Texas Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Division administers 12 federal child and special nutrition programs for the State of Texas. TDA supports providers of nutrition assistance by helping ensure accountability and the efficient use of taxpayer dollars to nourish Texans in need. These nutrition programs exemplify "eating right" for Texans of every age and background and help them build a bridge to success. TDA resources are available online @ Squaremeals.org.

The Child Nutrition program at Region 17 is a service provided to all school districts throughout the region and is designed to provide information, technical assistance, and support for program compliance, nutrition and management. Assistance is available through workshops, training sessions, and direct on-site contact with child nutrition program personnel and administrators. A major function is the safe, efficient, and effective operation of the school/child nutrition program.

In addition, districts are offered the opportunity to participate in the multi-regional West Texas Food Service Cooperative.  WTFSC operates two components, food purchasing and commodity processing, that assist participating members to administer fiscally sound food service operation while providing appealing, nutritious meals. 
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Region 17 Child Nutrition Team

Tricia Hays
Tricia Hays

Child Nutrition Specialist
Schools/RCCIs
806-281-5835
thays@esc17.net
Katherine Artho
Katherine Artho

Child Nutrition Specialist
Schools/RCCIs
806-281-5809
kartho@esc17.net
Tarrah Moreno
Tarrah Moreno

Child Nutrition Specialist
CACFP & SFSP
806-281-5811
tamoreno@esc17.net
Karen Chapman
Karen Chapman

Child Nutrition Specialist
Schools/RCCIs
806-281-5885
karenchapman@esc17.net
Agnes Sauceda
Agnes Sauceda

Support Staff
806-281-5803 
asauceda@esc17.net

IMPORTANT DATES AND TRAININGS

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ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

About the Review

The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, as amended by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, requires the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) to conduct an Administrative Review (AR) of School Nutrition Programs (SNP). TDA conducts Administrative Reviews (ARs) on a four-year cycle. As a new federal requirement, the AR is designed to conduct specified parts of the review off-site and others on-site. TDA will evaluate compliance with the following program requirements in the Critical and General Areas of Review which include: Meal Access and Reimbursement, Meal Pattern & Nutritional Quality, Resource Management, General Program Compliance and the operation of any other applicable SNP federal programs.

CE Staff involved in the operation of SNP will be heavily involved the review process (off-site and on-site) to respond to questions and provide documentation regarding the operation of SNP. The AR begins approximately 12 weeks prior to TDA doing an on-site review of program operations with the off-site portion of the review. The review is risk based, gathering information and documentation samples during the off-site review and then conducting a more targeted review on-site. CE Staff will be asked to utilize the Texas Unified Nutrition Programs System (TX-UNPS) when providing written responses to questions and uploading requested documentation.

Administrative Review Resources

 
2021-2022 Region 17 Administrative Reviews

 

Abernathy ISD
Crosbyton ISD
Denver City ISD
Frenship ISD
Idalou ISD                                                Lamesa ISD                                               Levelland ISD

Lockney ISD
Lorenzo ISD
Lubbock ISD
Lubbock-Cooper ISD
Meadow ISD

Motley County ISD

Petersburg ISD

Plains ISD

Plainview ISD

Ralls ISD

Roosevelt ISD

Smyer ISD

Sundown ISD

Whitharral ISD

 
 
Important Note: The Administrative Review schedule is subject to change.

PROCUREMENT REVIEWS

Procurement Review

TDA will conduct procurement reviews (PRs) from years 1 (19-20), year 2 (20-21), and year 3 (21-22) school year review schedule. All CEs with Food Service Management Company (FSMC) contracts should expect a PR in the 20-21 or 21-22 school year. The Procurement Review will be conducted as part of the Administrative Review.

2021-2022 Region 17 Procurement Reviews

 

Crosbyton ISD
Denver City ISD
Frenship ISD
Idalou ISD                                           Lamesa ISD                                              Levelland ISD                                                      Lockney ISD                                                                                                                

Lorenzo ISD
Lubbock ISD
Lubbock-Cooper ISD         Meadow ISD
Motley County ISD
Petersburg ISD                                                  Plains ISD                                                                                                 
 Plainview ISD
 Ralls ISD                                                             Roosevelt ISD                                                  Smyer ISD                                                         Sundown ISD                                                     Whitharral ISD                                                       
Important Note: The Procurement Review schedule is subject to change.

CYCLE MENU TOOLKIT

2021-22 Cycle Menu Toolkit Now Available
The Cycle Menu Toolkit was developed to assist Contracting Entities (CE) using the meal patterns and nutrition standards prescribed in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 in providing Texas school children with nutritionally-balanced school meals. These school breakfast and lunch meals were designed using a variety of menu items intended to be tasty, student-friendly, colorful, and with consideration given to ease of preparation and production.

The complete toolkit includes PreK-12 Breakfast Menus and a Lunch Menu for PreK, K-8 and 9-12, corresponding food production records, and recipes. Click each folder to the right for printable versions of each component of the toolkit. Requests for additional information can be submitted to Tricia Hays at thays@esc17.net.
SY2021-22 Cycle Menu Toolkit

NSLP NEWSLETTER

Past versions of the NSLP Biweekly and other TDA newsletters are available on Square Meals

To subscribe to the Region 17 ESC Child Nutrition mailing list, please email Tricia Hays at thays@esc17.net. 

FOOD SAFETY RESOURCES

Check this page for food safety training information and resources. If your district has any resources that might be helpful to others, please email thays@esc17.net.  

 

Food Safety Training

COVID-19 Food Safety Resources
Free COVID-19 Safety Training
Important Links
Employee Safety Tips
HACCP SOPs (Customize to your Operation)

Food Safety Insert and Label Templates

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Thank you for visiting the Region 17 Child Nutrition website.  Everyone plays a role in teaching children the 3E's of Healthy Living — Education, Exercise and Eating Right.

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: How to File a Complaint, 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: 

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or 
  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov.

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