USDA Foods Challenge

The USDA Foods Challenge Will Resume in the 2024-2025 School Year!

Announcing the 2023 Prime Players

Congratulations to our Prime Players! The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has recognized these National School Lunch Program contracting entities for using at least 95% of their allocated entitlement to feed students nutritious meals using USDA Foods agricultural products. It's an impressive feat showcasing their in-depth knowledge of USDA Foods and how to create meals that not only appeal to students but also utilize their financial comprehension of operating a foodservice program in this current environment. TDA is creating a summary that will share best practices so more schools can earn Prime Player recognition.

Contracting EntityESC RegionPercent Entitlement Used
Alvarado ISD11100
Bowie ISD9109.5
Braination, Inc.2099.6
Clear Creek ISD4126.32
Crawford ISD12118.68
Florence ISD1397.58
Gatesville ISD1297.76
Gorman ISD14100.31
Granbury ISD1199.44
Jefferson ISD899.72
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USDA Foods Challenge Requirements

TDA Recognition
Prime Players receive the following: 
  • A letter from Commissioner Sid Miller 
  • A letter from the TDA Assistant Commissioner Lena Wilson 
  • A certificate 
  • Powerpoint with talking points to present at school board meetings school accomplishments 

Prime Players Have Access to the Following Digital marketing materials:
  • Logo with USDA Foods Challenge
  • Certificate to send to specific employees who made it possible
  • Website banner
  • Website button
  • Badge of honor to display on school website

USDA Foods Challenge Resources

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:, 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
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