Food and Nutrition Overview

The Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Food and Nutrition Division serves millions of Texans through the administration of 12 federal nutrition programs and the oversight of more than $1.8 billion in federal money annually used to fund the programs.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and TDA enter into a federal-state agreement for the administration of the nutrition and food distribution programs. Those programs include:


From infants to seniors, TDA Food and Nutrition programs serve Texans of all ages. Initiatives like farm to school, offer a comprehensive approach to encouraging Texans to consume foods produced in Texas and to support and understand local agricultural economies. Additionally, the Healthy Community Network unites local elected officials in sharing best practices and collaborating on the community level for a healthier state. All of the Food and Nutrition efforts can be summed up in TDA’s 3E’s of Healthy Living — Education, Exercise and Eating Right.


By striving to put Texans on the path to wellness through TDA nutrition programs and ensuring those programs operate with efficiency and accuracy, Food and Nutrition works to fulfill its mission — Feeding the Hungry and Promoting Healthy Lifestyles.

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