Downloadable TDA Publications

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Multicultural Recipes for Child Care Centers, Family Day Homes & Adult Daycare Centers

The cookbook below contains recipes featuring foods that reflect the cultural diversity of the Lone Star State. Children and adults have tested and approved these delicious and healthy recipes. Try a few of the recipes and enjoy a fun, educational and very tasty multicultural dining experience.

Click here to download the cookbook!



10 Ways to Improve Your Family's Eating Habits
Try one of these tried-and-true strategies as a starting point to improve your family's eating habits.


A Serving of Fun! 

This brochure relates a fresh new way to look at food serving portion sizes in everyday language that kids and their parents can easily understand and use right away. 

A Serving of Fun! (Spanish Version)
This brochure relates a fresh new way to look at food serving portion sizes in everyday language that kids and their parents can easily understand and use right away. 

Fast Fuel and Fun for Kids on the Run!
Texas families are always on the go! Try these ideas for great tasting healthy snacks and quick meal tips to help fuel your fun. 

Fast Fuel and Fun for Kids on the Run! (Spanish Version)
Texas families are always on the go! Try these ideas for great tasting healthy snacks and quick meal tips to help fuel your fun. 

Nutrition Score Card (Two-sided, English and Spanish)
Helps kids keep track of the fruits and vegetables they eat each day while they learn what it takes to earn a good grade in eating healthy and exercising regularly.


Outside the Cake Box?
Get ready to celebrate birthdays and other special occasions the healthy way, with these fun, delicious and kid-friendly recipes from noted children's culinary expert, Barbara Beery.

Recipe for a Bright Future (Two sided, English and Spanish)
Information about the benefits of a well balanced diet for growing Texas kids.

Suggestions for Nutritious Snacks (Two-sided, English and Spanish)
Suggestions on preparing nutritious snacks for children.

Taking the Mystery Out of the Food Label (Two-sided, English and Spanish)
Provides families with tips for understanding the nutrition facts label and encourages parents to teach their children to read labels, preparing them for a lifetime of healthy eating.

School Meals



Fundraisers Guidance for Schools

Texas has specific policies related to competitive foods and school fundraisers. Click here for details.

Community Eligibility Information
The Community Eligibility Provision is one of the universal meals options schools can choose. Click here to learn more.
Some schools are required to provide breakfast at no charge to all students or submit a waiver to opt out of the requirement. Learn more by clicking here.
 Charge Policy Guidance for Schools Charge policies outline how school nutrition program contracting entities (CEs) handle providing meals to students when payment cannot be collected at the point of service. Charge policies should be reasonable, well defined and maintain the integrity and dignity of students and households to minimize harm to the student. Learn more by clicking here. 


ESC Details  Education Service Centers
Regional Education Service Centers are valuable resources for schools across Texas. 

local wellness policy brochure

Raising the Bar in School Nutrition Environments
Developing wellness policies can help raise the bar in school nutrition environments. 

Menu Calendar Templates
The Texas Department of Agriculture creates colorful and clean monthly menu templates that schools can use to communicate food item offerings, as well as fun facts, nutrition information and special announcements.

For last year's menu calendar templates, click here.

Bringing Procurement into Focus Bringing Procurement Into Focus
Planning for accuracy in operation and documentation is essential for quality procurement practices.
Purchasing Cooperative Guidelines for School Food Authorities Purchasing Cooperative Guidelines
This brochure outlines regulatory provisions and principles applicable to School Food Authorities seeking the services of a purchasing cooperative.
USDA Smart Snacks in School Brochure
USDA Smart Snacks in School
The Smart Snacks in School standards published by USDA help ensure that all other snack foods and beverages available for sale to students in school are tasty and nutritious.
Fundraiser Guidance for Schools
Fun and Healthy Fundraisers
Get more out of fundraising with the 3Es of Healthy Living--Education, Exercise and Eating Right! The Texas Department of Agriculture offers these easy, low cost fundraising ideas to help schools fundraise in a healthy way. Your students can earn, learn and have fun without selling foods that contribute to unhealthy lifestyles.
Professional Standards for All School Nutrition Program Employees
Professional Standards
Professional Standards for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs include minimum education requirements for school nutrition directors as well as annual training standards for all school nutrition professionals. These standards raise the profile of the profession, reduce risks in the food operation, and ensure personnel have the knowledge they need to serve healthy products and create nutritious and enjoyable school

"And Justice For All..." Poster


New And Justice for All Poster

New "And Justice for All" Poster

USDA updated the “And Justice For All…” posters to ensure everyone knows discrimination is prohibited in federal nutrition programs and how to report it if it occurs. Click here to see the new poster. All CEs should now have posters and should be displaying them properly. CEs should note that the new poster language does not reflect the new nondiscrimination statement.

Please note that institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are required to display the appropriate "And Justice for All" poster in their facilities where it can be viewed by customers. All "And Justice for All" posters must be displayed in a specific size: 11" width x 17" height. The PDF shared here is for the purpose of reference rather than for printing and display.

If any CEs are in need of posters they can contact their regional ESC or order them through TX-UNPS via the Download Forms section under the Applications tab. Orders through TX-UNPS are fulfilled on the 5th of every month.

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:  
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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