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Child Nutrition

Serving the nutritional needs of school children and children in daycare, child care centers, and Head Start programs by offering low-cost nutritious breakfasts and lunches during the school day to help establish good eating habits.

Child Nutrition is a federally funded program through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is administered through Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA).  Programs served in the Region 9 area include:

  CACFPSummer Meal ProgramsFDP



More information regarding the above programs can be found at or you can click the Texas Department of Agriculture banner.

Region 9 Child Nutrition Specialists provide information, technical assistance, and support for program compliance, nutrition, and management.  Workshops, training and on-site contact with child nutrition directors and staff at the school districts and directors at home daycares, care centers, and Head Start programs are effective methods to ensure programs are safe, efficient and compliant with USDA and TDA regulations. 




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SNP 23-24 Training   Click on the title (or dates for HACCP) to register for the class

Meal Counting and Claiming 10/5/23 9:00am

WBSCM Accounts Setup and Reports AM 10/11/23 9:00am

WBSCM Accounts Setup and Reports PM 10/11/23 1:00pm

Writing, Updating and Revising a HACCP Plan 

10/12/23 1:00pm ZOOM

01/11/24 1:00pm ZOOM

02/01/24 1:00pm ZOOM

03/07/23 1:00pm ZOOM

04/04/24 1:00pm ZOOM

05/02/24 1:00pm ZOOM

06/13/24 1:00pm ZOOM

07/01/24 1:00pm ZOOM

08/01/24 1:00pm ZOOM

WBSCM Getting Started, Entitlement & Requisitions 10/31/23 9:00am  

WBSCM Account Set Up & Reports 10/31/23 1:00pm  

Food Allergies for School Nutrition Managers & Staff 11/2/23 9:00am

Menu Planning for Healthy School Meals 11/2/23 1:00pm

Local Wellness Policy 12/7/23 1:00pm

CE Responsibilities in Managing an FSMC Contract 12/12/23 1:00pm

Financial Management: A Course for SNP Directors Part 1 1/16/24 9:00am

Financial Management: A Course for SNP Directors Part 2 1/18/24 9:00am

Procurement of Foods: Cooperative Purchasing Groups 1/23/24 9:00am

NSLP Financial Coding (Revenues, Expenses, Budgets) & Financial Reporting Requirements 1/30/24 1:00pm

Fundamentals of USDA Foods: Entitlement, Menu Planning, Forecasting, DoD, FFVP 2/20/24 9:00am

Meal Pattern (Breakfast, Lunch Snack for Pre-K, K-5, 6-8, 9-12) 3/5/24 9:00am

Administrative & Procurement Reviews – Overview 7/30/24 9:00am

NSLP/SBP Smart Snacks 8/1/24 9:00am

Food Production Records (Breakfast, Lunch & Snack) 9/5/24 9:00am

Eligibility and Verification Guidance (Pt 1) for Child Nutrition 9/10/24 9:00am

Eligibility and Verification Guidance (Pt 2) for Child Nutrition 9/12/24 9:00am

WBSCM Getting Started, Entitlements & Requisitions 9/17/24 9:00am

WBSCM Account Setup & Reports 9/17/24 1:00pm


West Texas Food Service Coop

WTFSCAll Region 9 school districts have the opportunity to enter into an inter-local agreement for participation in the West Texas Food Service Coop, which grants buying power in both commercial and commodity purchases allowing schools to be fiscally responsible.

Services provided include:

  • Access to multi-regional purchasing pool, resulting in cost savings

  • Commodity processing assistance and training

  • Nutritional information for all food bid items

  • Procurement procedures in compliance with USDA regulations

  • Liaison services between food vendor and district/charter to resolve any concerns/delays










Cycle Menu Toolkit

2023-2024 Helper Sheets


Cycle Menu Toolkit



Calendar     Menu Calendar Templates 2023-2024

     Please right-click to download the calendar before typing. 




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Child Care and Adult Food Program (CACFP)

Quick Links 

News & Information


TDA News Page and Updates

TDA CACFP Newsletter (Monthly)

ICN Mealtime Memo (Monthly) 

ICN CACFP Newsletter, iBites 


Region 9 Professional Development Training Calendar

TDA CACFP Training Page (Includes LIVE recordings)

ICN CACFP Training

USDA CACFP Training Webinars

Training Tools for

Staff Training

USDA CACFP Training Tools

Feeding Infants - Training Tools

USDA Train-the-Trainer Webinars

USDA Food Buying Guide

CACFP Crediting Handbook


USDA CACFP Handbooks

TDA CACFP Handbooks



Annual Requirements

National Disqualified List (NDL)


Lisa Obenhaus, Region 9 ESC CACFP/SFSP Specialist

CACFP Applications (TDA BOps email)

CACFP Community Operations (Reviewers)



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