Food and Nutrition Overview

The Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Food and Nutrition Division serves millions of Texans through the administration of 12 federal nutrition programs and the oversight of more than $1.8 billion in federal money annually used to fund the programs.

Food and Nutrition is comprised of eight sections, with each led by a director or manager. The sections are:

• School Operations
• Community Operations
• USDA Foods
• Program Support
• Program Improvement, Nutrition and Education
• Quality Assurance/Quality Control
• Business Management
• Executive Coordination

In addition, the Executive Team oversees the entire Food and Nutrition division and includes the Chief Administrator, Administrators, as well as several other Division level positions. These organizational charts show how the division is structured.

 The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and TDA enter into a federal-state agreement for the administration of the nutrition and food distribution programs. Those programs include:


From infants to seniors, TDA Food and Nutrition programs serve Texans of all ages. Initiatives like farm to school, offer a comprehensive approach to encouraging Texans to consume foods produced in Texas and to support and understand local agricultural economies. Additionally, the Healthy Community Network unites local elected officials in sharing best practices and collaborating on the community level for a healthier state. All of the Food and Nutrition efforts can be summed up in TDA’s 3E’s of Healthy Living — Education, Exercise and Eating Right.


By striving to put Texans on the path to wellness through TDA nutrition programs and ensuring those programs operate with efficiency and accuracy, Food and Nutrition works to fulfill its mission — Feeding the Hungry and Promoting Healthy Lifestyles.

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