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Boost Meal Appeal for NSLP
Looks great. Tastes great.
Boost Meal Appeal resources give menu planners the tools they need to appeal to students’ healthier instincts with meals that are attractive and taste great, as well as comply with federal regulations. 

TDA has collected these best practices and planning tools in an easy-to-use format in order to strengthen your child nutrition program and reduce waste. The result – more children embracing the 3E’s of Healthy Living – Education, Exercise and Eating Right, and a stronger Texas. 

Click on one of the buttons below to get started. 

If you would like to share quick tips, ideas or resources for how to boost meal appeal, please email SquareMeals@TexasAgriculture.gov.

 
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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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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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The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) lists these resources and providers as a service to school nutrition professionals.
This list does not constitute an endorsement or verification of accuracy on the part of TDA.

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