Nutrition and Local Food Enrichment Activities

Connecting children and parents to local food through educational opportunities, taste tests, cooking demonstrations or field trips to local farms, will strengthen a family’s understanding of the local food economy and encourage their long-term support.

Cooking for the Seasons - Summer
TDA’s Cooking for the Seasons — Summer cookbook includes menu-ready recipes focused on fresh produce available in Texas during the summer months. Recipes are tailored to child nutrition programs and can be incorporated into a seasonal cycle menu or weekly menus. 

All of the recipes have been tested up to 25 servings and analyzed for nutritional value. Nutrient analysis was conducted using the child nutrition database approved by USDA. Nutrient analysis is required in the school meal program. 

Education Service Center chefs at regions 10, 12, and 13 created the recipes to help child nutrition professionals use more local foods in meals and snacks.

Example in Texas

Fuel Up and Move Summer Bus Tour, Abilene ISD

The Fuel Up and Move Bus Tour teaches students about nutrition and healthy eating habits through hands-on activities. Examples of learning activities include creating make-your-own smoothies with fresh fruits and vegetables and competing in a nutrition game show, which focuses on children mastering math skills by counting the calories of every day snacks and learning the nutrient content of fruits and vegetables. Each week during summer, the Fuel Up and Move bus visits a different program site to ensure that as many students as possible connect with healthy foods.

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

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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:, 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:

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