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Free USDA Foods Pounds Available in Texas State Accounts

" TDA is making additional USDA Foods products available to contracting entities (CEs) that can utilize them by November 30, 2019.

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has USDA Foods products available in the state account. TDA will make these pounds available to contracting entities (CEs) that can utilize them by November 30, 2019. There will be no charge to their entitlement. 

CEs may request these free pounds until Friday, September 27, 2019. 

Requests should be sent to CEs should include a commodity calculator justifying usage for three months.

TDA will evaluate requests utilizing the below criteria:

  1. Pounds will be granted on a “first come, first serve” basis; 
  2. Request will be compared to the CE’s average monthly usage and months on hand to determine reasonableness; 
  3. CEs Co-op must have current bid with preferred Processor;
  4. Completed commodity calculators must be submitted with the e-mail request as supporting documentation (calculators can be obtained from the processors).

Please review the preliminary list of available USDA Foods items here.


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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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
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Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

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Commissioner Sid Miller