Public Information Requests and Program Data
Data Resources Available:
The most commonly requested Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Food & Nutrition program data is now available 
for on-demand public access on the Texas Open Data Portal and is exportable as Excel-compatible files! For more information and tutorials on F&N Open Data, please visit our F&N Open Data page.

You can also access Food and Nutrition data on the Program Statistics, which provides a snapshot of individual program data by year on the number of Contracting Entity (CE) sites, average meals served per day and per year, as well as the approved reimbursements. Please visit the Program Statistics page for access.

If you are unable to locate the information you require through these sources, file a Public Information Request using the information below.

How to Submit Requests
  • Submit your request in writing to: 
    • A submission form is available on the TDA website here.
    • Email: Pub.Info@TexasAgriculture.gov
    • In writing to:
      Public Information Office
      Texas Department of Agriculture
      PO Box 12847
      Austin, Texas 78711
    • In person at:
      Stephen F. Austin Building
      Texas Department of Agriculture
      1700 North Congress, 11th Floor
      Austin, Texas 78701

  • Your written request should include, at a minimum, the following information:
    • Your name and current contact information (email, phone number, address);
    • The manner in which you  are requesting the information be delivered to you (postal mail, email, in person), and the format in which you would like it provided (electronic or printed files);
    • A detailed description of the information you are requesting;
    • Any relevant dates, incident, investigation, or report numbers; and
    • Any other information that may helpful to promptly identify the information and provide a response to your request.

Avoid Mistakes That Delay Requests
  • Be as clear and specific as possible. Specific details will help the Texas Department of Agriculture staff members provide you with the exact information you need in a timely manner.
  • Include the specific time frame you are looking for. If the time period is for a specific year, specify whether the year is the Federal Fiscal Year, State Fiscal Year, Calendar Year, or Program Year. 
  • If looking for data associated with a specific school, entity, or person include known details such as the entity’s identification number or the associated city, zip code, and address.
  • If the Public Information Office needs additional information to process your request, they may contact you directly. Please be sure to respond as soon as possible in order to avoid any delays in receiving your request.
Common Questions
  • We are only able to accommodate requests for documents and information already in existence. If the information is not available, you will be notified within 10 business days.
  • Certain information is considered confidential, privileged or sensitive and is not subject to release. If the Public Information Office believes the requested information falls within one of these exceptions, it must request an opinion from the Texas Office of the Attorney General within 10 business days.
  • For some requests, there may be a charge to cover the expense of gathering and sending the information. If estimated costs exceed $100, TDA will require a deposit of 50% of the estimated charges. A person requesting public information may ask the governmental body to determine whether providing the information primarily benefits the general public, resulting in a waiver or reduction of charges. NOTE: One way to avoid charges is to keep your request narrow and specific. Ask for information for only the time period and location that you need.
  • If you have follow-up questions regarding your request, you may address those to the Public Information Officer, who will usually put you in touch with a subject-matter expert. However, if you need additional information, you should submit a new public information request for additional documents.


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, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or
2. Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
 
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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