Farm to School — Tools for Producers
Direct Marketing to Schools
Farmers in a fieldIf you are a producer who wants to establish new markets for your fruits and vegetables, you can start by contacting our office. Today, school nutrition directors work to include more fruits and vegetables from local sources in their menus and have numerous resources to help them accomplish their goals. You will find that many school nutrition professionals are willing to work with you to establish supply lines for your products. Here are some resources to help you prepare for working with schools. 

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Selling Directly to a School
Family Selling ProduceConnecting Texas Producers with Statewide Nutrition Programs
We’re making it simple for Texas producers to connect with local schools, child and adult care centers, and summer meal programs. Farm Fresh Network members provide a wide variety of seasonally available Texas-grown food products. Click here to learn more about joining!

Texas Food Companies Decision Tool
Selling to Schools
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There are several avenues for selling food products to Texas schools. This tool will help guide you through two considerations when deciding whether school food service is a marketplace for your products and provide information about how a company can sell food products to schools. There are two questions at the beginning of the tool related to estimated annual gross sales and distribution capacity.

Federal and State Regulations


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: How to File a Complaint, 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
Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
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Texas Department of Agriculture

Commissioner Sid Miller

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