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    Texas School Health Program
    P.O. BOX 149347, MC1944,
    Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th
    Austin, Texas 78756

    Phone: 512-776-7279
    Fax: 512-458-7618


    SchoolHealth@dshs.state.tx.us

Coordinated School Health Nutrition Services

School Health Program LogoComponent Description:

Provide school nutrition programs that adhere to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Texas Nutrition Policy to achieve nutrition integrity.  School nutrition services offer students a variety of nutritious and appealing meals that accommodate the health and dietary needs of all students.  They can also serve as a learning laboratory that mirrors classroom nutrition education, and a resource for nutrition-related community services.  Qualified child nutrition professionals provide these services. 

Nutrition Policies:

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), Food and Nutrition Division, has authority over the child nutrition program for Texas public schools as a supplement to federal policies. In March of 2004, TDA issued the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy to promote a healthier school environment. To access the school nutrition policy, go to:
www.squaremeals.org/Portals/8/files/ARM/Section%2020-TPSNP.pdf.

Student Benefits:

  • ensures that schools offer nutritious, appealing choices whenever and wherever food and beverages are available on campus
  • offers a school breakfast program that provides a healthy start for the day that may not otherwise be available

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Last updated September 21, 2016