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About

The Texas Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Division administers 12 federal child and special nutrition programs for the State of Texas. TDA supports providers of nutrition assistance by helping ensure accountability and the efficient use of taxpayer dollars to nourish Texans in need. These nutrition programs exemplify "eating right" for Texans of every age and background and help them build a bridge to success. Everyone plays a role in teaching children the 3E's of Healthy Living - Education, Exercise and Eating Right.


Guiding Principles

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Vision: A Global Example of Excellence and Empowerment in Providing Nutrition Assistance

Mission: Feeding the Hungry and Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
Values: 

  • We are committed to accomplishing the educational goals and the efficient administration and operation of the Food & Nutrition Programs with the utmost professionalism.

 

  • We require accountability, customer service excellence and respect for each other in managing our programs and ourselves.

 

  • We will maintain trust, honesty, respect, integrity, loyalty and fairness within TDA and among the Food & Nutrition Program stakeholders.

 

  • We provide the proper delegation of authority to staff to perform the tasks and achieve the goals of the division.

 

  • We encourage staff creativity and innovative ideas that support the mission and vision. 
               
  • We promote cooperation and participation between all parties with a vested interest in developing a healthier lifestyle for Texas families.

 

  • We strive for a culture of open-mindedness and diversity.

        

  • We endeavor to move forward with a shared sense of purpose and to find win-win solutions to the challenges we face. We uphold faith and strong values in the work and family environment by promoting work/life balance

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Management

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Angela Olige, Assistant Commissioner for Food and Nutrition
Tracy Mueck, Administrator for Food and Nutrition
Catherine Wright Steele, Administrator for Food and Nutrition
Robin Roark, Administrator for Food and Nutrition
Beth Thorson, Director for Policy and Nutrition
Melissa Dozier Gonzales, Director for Food and Nutrition Administration

Senta Fortune, Director for Business Operations

Jaclyn Cantu, Director for Commodity Operations

Sharon Welborn, Director for Community Operations

John Tuley, Director for Education and Program Improvement

Alfreda Maddox, Director for Quality Assurance/Quality Control

Nicole Sierra-Notarianni, Director for School Operations

Michelle Esper-Martin, Assistant Director for Food and Nutrition Administration

Carl Peterson, Associate Director for Business Operations

Christine Bendana, Assistant Director for Community Operations

Sarah Carlson, Assistant Director for School Operations

updated August 2017


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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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:  
mail: 
U.S. Department of Agriculture 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or 
(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.
 
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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