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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
Hannah Harrison
Hannah Harrison

Child Nutrition Specialist
806-281-5836
hharrison@esc17.net

IMPORTANT DATES AND TRAININGS

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ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

Federal regulations require the state agency administering the School Nutrition Programs to evaluate a Contracting Entity’s (CE) compliance with state and federal program regulations at least once during a three-year cycle.  The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Administrative Review (AR) replaces the Coordinated Review Effort (CRE) in assessing Contracting Entity (CE) compliance with the administration of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), and other school nutrition programs.  The AR is a three-year review cycle. The second cycle began July 1, 2016.

Administrative Review Resources

 
2020-2021 Region 17 Administrative Reviews

 

Abernathy ISD
Brownfield ISD
Cotton Center ISD
Hale Center ISD
Jayton-Girard ISD                                            Klondike ISD

Littlefield ISD
Lubbock County Juvenile Justice Center
Morton ISD
New Home ISD
Paducah ISD
Southland ISD
Wellman-Union ISD
Wire Hollow Education Innovation
 
Important Note: Administrative Review schedules are subject to change.
2019-2020 Region 17 Administrative Reviews

 

Anton ISD
Borden County ISD
Dawson ISD-Welch
Floydada ISD
Garza County                                          Klondike ISD

Muleshoe ISD
New Deal ISD
O'Donnell ISD
Olton ISD
Post ISD
Sands ISD

 

Seagraves ISD
Seminole ISD
Shallowater ISD
Springlake-Earth ISD
Spur ISD
Sudan ISD
Important Note: Administrative Review schedules are subject to change.

PROCUREMENT REVIEWS

Procurement Review Resources

Federal regulations require the state agency administering the School Nutrition Programs to evaluate a Contracting Entity’s (CE) compliance with state and federal program regulations at least once during a three-year cycle.  The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Administrative Review (AR) replaces the Coordinated Review Effort (CRE) in assessing Contracting Entity (CE) compliance with the administration of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), and other school nutrition programs.  The AR is a three year review cycle. The second cycle began July 1, 2016.

2020-2021 Region 17 Procurement Reviews

 

Abernathy ISD
Anton ISD
Borden County ISD
Brownfield ISD
Cotton Center ISD                                          Dawson ISD-Welch                                              Floydada ISD                                                      Garza County                                                      Hale Center ISD                                                  Jayton-Girard ISD          

Klondike ISD
Littlefield ISD
Lubbock County Juvenile Justice Center Morton ISD
Muleshoe ISD
New Deal ISD                                                   New Home ISD                                                 O'donnell ISD                                                   Olton ISD                                                         Paducah ISD
 Post ISD
 Sands ISD                                                             Seagraves ISD                                               Seminole ISD                                                         Shallowater ISD                                                     Southland ISD                                                       Springlake-Earth ISD                                             Spur ISD                                                               Sudan ISD                                                             Wellman-Union ISD                                               Wire Hollow Education Innovation
Important Note: Procurement Review schedules are subject to change.

CYCLE MENU TOOLKIT

2020-21 Cycle Menu Toolkit Now Available!

The Cycle Menu Toolkit was developed through a cooperative effort of Regional Child Nutrition Specialists at Education Service Centers 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18.

This cycle menu toolkit was developed and produced with federal funds for entities participating in USDA Child Nutrition Programs as a menu planning tool. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means for profit.

These materials and training services are provided through the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Division (TDA) funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (USDA).

SY2020-21 Cycle Menu Toolkit
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. The links below provide the printable versions of each component of the toolkit. Requests for additional information can be submitted to Tricia Hays at thays@esc17.net.

Please contact a Child Nutrition Specialist for the 2019-20 Cycle Menu Toolkit.

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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 hharrison@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

Local Health Department Back to School Roundup Presentation

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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