Summer Feeding Program Food Safety

Understanding Health Inspections for Summer Food

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Contracting Entities (CE) are required to meet all applicable state and local health, safety, and sanitation standards.  Before SFSP operations begin, a CE must notify in writing the appropriate state, city or county health department of its intent to provide a food service including specific locations and times. A copy of this notification must be submitted to TDA with the CE's application.

In Texas, local health, safety, and sanitation standards may vary depending on where a site is located and how the site is operating (Food Service Management Company, on-site food preparations, etc.). It is the CE's responsibility to know, understand, and comply with all state and/or local health and safety standards.

Please use the interactive map below to find your health inspector contact information. It is the responsibility of the CEs and sites to contact their local health department to ensure CEs implement the latest requirements and standards.

Health Inspector Locator Tool

Once a CE has chosen its prospective SFSP sites, the CE must notify the appropriate local health department(s) in writing of all prospective summer site locations. The Health Inspector Locator Tool helps the CE identify the contact information of the appropriate health department(s) for their SFSP site operation(s).

Health Inspector Locator Tool

Guide to using tool: 

Step one: Enter zip code of site
Note: Depending on the site zip code, the health department jurisdiction may vary.

Step Two: Reading the Tool

Select the contact information for the health department based on the following priorities:

  1. Local
  2. Regional
  3. State
For more instructions, click here.

Contact Information: Contact information for the state or local health inspector

You must contact each county and city that has local jurisdiction where you operate an SFSP site. If there is not a local county or city health authority, then you must contact the DSHS Regional Office at:

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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