Healthy Community Network (HCN)
Connecting Elected Officials Across Texas
Who we are:

The Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Healthy Community Network (HCN) unites local elected officials (i.e. Mayors, County Judges, City Commissioners, etc.) who are committed to advancing health in communities across the Lone Star State.

These leaders have joined together to reduce hunger, prevent obesity, and promote wellness by ensuring all Texans can embrace the 3E’s of Healthy Living – Education, Exercise, and Eating Right. HCN recognizes the efforts of these leaders and supports their vision for a healthier Texas.

Take the HCN PLEDGE today and join other leaders in their pursuit of a healthier Texas!

Join HCN

Eligibility and Program Requirements:

HCN is an expansion of the TDA's Mayors Challenge. The friendly challenge is now a collaborative and more comprehensive effort to improve health and wellness for entire communities.

HCN members have access to tools and resources that can assist with expanding local wellness partnerships and initiatives. Members receive six newsletters that include topics such as success stories of other HCN members, Food and Nutrition program highlights, and health-focused grant opportunities.

HCN members will also receive four HCN challenges to support healthy eating in their schools and communities. HCN members are encouraged to complete all four challenges; however, the level of involvement is up to each individual member.

For additional information about HCN:
Toll Free: (877) TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325)

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Available Grants

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program for Rural Texas  Maximize 

Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program in Texas  Maximize 

Texans Feeding Texans: Home-Delivered Meal Grant Program  Maximize 

2019 Local Community Grants  Maximize 

Local Foods, Local Places Planning Assistance  Maximize 

Local Park Grants (Outdoor, Indoor and Small Community)  Maximize 

Community Outdoor Outreach Program (Co-Op)  Maximize 


elected officials to like-minded leaders, city-specific data, and grant opportunities.
elected officials and their efforts to model healthy behaviors, develop broad-based partnerships, and support key health initiatives.

Texans to choose healthy lifestyles, serve as role models for young people and partner with others for stronger communities.

Texas Open Data Portal

Texas Open Data Portal

As local leaders, you have the ability to engage local stakeholders and build a culture of health among constituents of all ages in your community. Access to nutrition program data, specific to your community, can help give insight into what programs exist and where local partnerships can be strengthened.

Access Food and Nutrition program data any time on the Texas Open Data Portal at

For more information, you can find an overview of the Texas Open Data Portal here and a detailed list of data fields available here.

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:, 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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