The Texas Legislature created Education Service Centers to help schools in each of their 20 regions improve student performance, operate efficiently and comply with government regulations. Through a partnership with the 20 ESCs, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) provides regional training and support for contracting entities (CEs) operating the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Food Service Program. The Texas Education Agency oversees ESC operations.
ESC specialists support TDA CEs’ efforts to serve healthy and appealing meals in federal nutrition programs while adhering to state and federal regulations. As regional representatives for TDA Food and Nutrition, ESCs can respond quickly to questions and provide technical assistance locally. ESCs maintain training facilities in each region that can accommodate CE training workshops while limiting travel time for TDA partners. There are no fees and no contracts for TDA partners accessing ESC services.
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