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USDA Foods Challenge

Earn Your Prime Player title by participating in the USDA Foods Challenge!

TDA is excited to announce the first USDA Foods Challenge aimed at recognizing schools that effectively use foods/brown box through the USDA Foods program. 
Benefits of Effectively using USDA Foods
  • Serve meals that include quality American grown products at a discounted price. 
  • Effectively manage child nutrition budgets.
  • More easily navigate delayed processing timelines.

Participants must use 95% of their allocated entitlement to meet challenge criteria.
The challenge will launch in January when TDA opens the ordering surveys and close March when SFAs must submit their USDA Foods items.
  • It is open to schools who have entitlement dollars with USDA Foods. 
  • Deadline to register for the challenge: January 31

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

Start the Challenge today!

USDA Foods Challenge Resources

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

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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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