Contact Food and Nutrition

Phone, Email or Send a Letter to TDA Food and Nutrition
TDA Food and Nutrition administers 12 federal nutrition programs serving millions of Texans. Anyone with questions about these programs or the meals served can use the information below to learn more or get answers to questions.

Contact Information
(877) TEX MEAL (839-6325) 
Fax (888) 203-6593
Mailing Address 
Texas Department of Agriculture 
P.O. Box 12847 
Austin, Texas 78711-2847
 Physical Address 
Texas Department of Agriculture 
1700 North Congress Avenue, 10th Floor 
Austin, Texas 78701
 TDA Fraud Prevention Coordinator 

Email Addresses for Contacting TDA with Specific Questions about Program Operations

TDA Food and Nutrition created email addresses for the federal nutrition programs it administers and areas in those programs that generate the most questions. While contracting entities operating federal nutrition programs should utilize the Education Service Center (ESC) as the main point of contact, TDA can help with specific program questions.

Contracting entities partnering with TDA in federal nutrition programs can use the following email addresses to get technical assistance for program operations.

Questions about Program Applications

Child and Adult Care Food Program

National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program and Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Seamless Summer Option

Summer Food Service Program

Questions about Program Operations

USDA Foods Operations

Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Food Service Program

National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and Special Milk Program

TX-UNPS Direct Certification Direct Verification System

Local Products and Farm Fresh Initiative

Questions about Program Flexibilities/Waivers

Schools can use to get answers to questions about any of the following flexibilities/waivers:

  • Breakfast Waiver
  • Child Nutrition Program Requirement Waivers
  • Gender Exception
  • Hiring Standards
  • Lunch Mealtime
  • RCCI Age/Grade Group Meal Pattern
  • Seamless Summer Operation (SSO) Age/Grade
  • Summer Mandate
  • Technology-Based Confirmation
  • Universal Breakfast Mandate
  • Vending Machine to Dispense Reimbursable Meals

Use for questions about the following flexibility:

  • Milk Substitute Notification

Questions about Financial Issues

Capital Expenditures


Procurement, Including Sole Source and Food Service Management Companies

Excessive Balance Plan and How to Use the Funds


Regional Offices 
There are five area offices that can provide assistance and answer program-related questions for both current and new contracting entities for child and adult nutrition programs.

Click the map to view a list of counties in each region.

Click the plus signs below for contact details
Texas County Map

Region 1 - El Paso Office  Maximize 

Lubbock Satellite Office  Maximize 

Region 2 - Dallas/Ft. Worth Office  Maximize 

Region 3 - Houston Office  Maximize 

Region 4 - San Antonio Office  Maximize 

Austin Satellite Office  Maximize 

Region 5 - San Juan Office  Maximize 

Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help.

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:, 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:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Texas Department of Agriculture

Commissioner Sid Miller