Celebrate School Breakfast Week by showcasing Texas ingredients.

2015 School Breakfast Week
March 2-6 

This year’s theme, Breakfast — The Smart Way to Start Your Day, shows students the importance of a nutritious meal that includes Texas products. To add to the celebration, the Local Products Challenge returns, offering recognition from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) for School Breakfast Program (SBP) participants that pledge participation and use Texas products in breakfasts served March 2-6.

If you are a Texas school operating the SBP, 
pledge your participation today!

If you are a community member or support organization, share this email with your local school and encourage them to participate.

If you would like to read how Texas schools celebrated 2014 School Breakfast Week and incorporated local ingredients, read some of the 
spotlight stories posted online

Farm to School News 

USDA Farm to School Grant Program

USDA anticipates releasing the next Request for Application (RFA) for the Farm to School Grant Program in February. The official announcement will be shared. In the meantime you may browse the online resources currently available, including an archive copy of the previous RFA and summaries of previously funded grant projects.

Begin planning your next farm to school project today.

Farm to School Resource Spotlight

What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl

Check out the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl. This interactive tool is designed to help consumers, school nutrition professionals, child care centers and community leaders find nutritious and budget-friendly recipes. Customized searches allow you to discover recipes that meet meal planning needs and include regional ingredients. There are recipes scaled for families as well as large quantity recipes for schools and child care centers.

Farm to School Spotlight Story

New Let’s Move! Executive Director Announced

Earlier this month, the White House announced that Debra “Deb” Eschmeyer will be the new Let’s Move! executive director. Ms. Eschmeyer was previously the executive director and co-founder of FoodCorps, a national AmeriCorps service program that places emerging leaders into schools in limited-resource communities for a year of public service. FoodCorps service members have been integral in the national expansion of farm to school.

Read the full story and a biography of Deb Eschmeyer 

Contact TDA

Alyssa Herold
Farm to School Program Specialist
Direct: (512) 463-1209
Toll Free: (877) TEX-MEAL

Connect with Others

Texas Statewide Farm to School Network
(LinkedIn Group) 

This LinkedIn Group is an online network connecting schools, producers, support organizations and community members with important information about expanding farm to school efforts in Texas.

Join Today!

Grant Opportunities

Food & Nutrition related grants

TDA Grants

USDA Grants

Upcoming Webinars

USDA will host an 11-part webinar series featuring information that will help build farm to school skills and develop new strategies for bringing local foods into the lunchroom.

The upcoming webinars are:
Jan. 15: Farm to School Planning and Building a Team
Jan. 28: Setting Goals and Establishing an Evaluation Baseline
Feb. 5: Finding and Buying Local Foods
Feb. 19: Farm to School Menu Planning

Each webinar will start at 1 p.m. CST, and TDA will post an archive copy of the recording on 

To register for any of the sessions in this series, go 

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