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Student Engagement
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Food and Nutrition Division’s Student Engagement Initiative (SEI) empowers students with resources and activities they can use to take an active role in their school nutrition programs and build a healthier future for all Texas children.

SEI implements projects that motivate students, at the local level, to champion the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. The initiative provides opportunities for students to:
    • Participate in contests that celebrate school meals 
    • Take an active role in school nutrition 
    • Connect with the Texas Department of Agriculture

Through SEI activities Texas students champion good school nutrition and healthy lifestyles. These activities also advance the Food and Nutrition Division’s overall goal of being a national leader in creating meaningful school nutrition programs. SEI recognizes that today’s youth have a powerful voice, and when they talk, adults and peers listen.

2016-2017 Texas Student Artwork Competition Honoring School Lunch and Breakfast Celebrations - APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED
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You Art What You Eat Art ContestThe Texas Department of Agriculture is no longer accepting entries in the "You Art What You Eat" art contest. Entries are currently being evaluated and winners will be announced later this summer. The artwork will be used to support National School Lunch Week and School Breakfast Week. Any Texas school student in kindergarten through twelfth grades was eligible to participate. Please come back for more information about the winning entries that illustrated the themes:

  • “Vote for a Winning Lunch”
  • “Take the Breakfast Challenge”


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: 
 (1) 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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