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Food and Nutrition program data is now self-service 24/7

Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has joined multiple state and local governments in adding their most commonly requested data to the Texas Open Data Portal for public access at Data.Texas.Gov.  These datasets are accessible to the public and exportable to Excel-compatible files

Beginning summer 2019, new fields have been added to the Contacts and Program Participation datasets for program year 2018-2019. Data has also been reorganized to group data categories within a dataset. Older datasets will retain their original data fields and organization.
A new digital data dictionary for TDA datasets has also been launched. TDA Data Overview pages now contain a list of available data fields with data description pop-ups when the mouse rolls over the data field name. New fields added in summer 2019 are indicated by orange font.

What data is available?

Sponsors (Contracting Entities - CE) and sites participating in federal funded nutrition assistance programs provide TDA with information for program application and meal reimbursement using the Texas Unified Nutrition Program System (TX-UNPS). Data published to the Open Data Portal is extracted from this system and published by program for program years 2015-2016 to present. 
Programs administered by the TDA's Food and Nutrition division include School Nutrition Programs (SNP) such as the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Special Milk Program, Child and Adult Care Food Programs (CACFP) that support Adult Day Care, Child Care Centers, and Day Care Homes, and summer meal programs such as the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) programs.
  • Contact and Program Participation data: TDA collects data from Contracting Entity (CE) sponsors and point-of-service Sites during the application process including who is participating in meal programs, what components of the program they are participating in, where they are located, who is sponsoring them, and how to get in touch with them.
  • Claims data: TDA collects data from participants during the claims process including how many eligible meals were served in a claim month, what type of meals were served, total and eligibility enrollments, and how much participants were reimbursed for those meals.
  • Food Service Management Company (FSMC) data: TDA collects data from CE sponsors participating in School Nutrition Programs about Food Service Management Companies they may contract with. Published data is currently available for School Nutrition Program participants for the active program year only
Clicking on the Dataset Content Overview images below will take you to the TDA Data Overview page for that program, including direct links to published datasets, the data field list, and pop-up data descriptions.
A printable version of this data field list can be downloaded as a PDF here
School Nutrition Program Dataset Content Overview Diagram
Child and Adult Care Food Program Dataset Content Overview Diagram
Summer meal programs Dataset Content Overview Diagram

How current is the data?

  • Contact and Program Participation data: Applicants submit information to TDA every year during the application period. This data is updated on the Open Data Portal quarterly (every three months) for the active program year to capture mid-year changes and the data represents any applicant that has ever been approved to participate for the program year. 
  • Claims data: Participants submit information to TDA every month in order to claim for reimbursement for serving program-eligible meals. Claims must be submitted within 60 days from the end of the claim month. This data is updated on the Open Data Portal monthly for the active program year and represents the most updated claim information for participants submitting a claim.
  • Food Service Management Company (FMSC) data: The school nutrition program year beings July 1, at which time any contracts between School Nutrition Program CE sponsors and FMSCs have been finalized. This data is updated on the Open Data Portal annually and is published for the active program year only.
  • Data for program years that have closed are updated at six months and one year after the close of the active program period and then remain static but published on the Open Data Portal.
TDA Food and Nutrition dataset update schedule diagram

How to find data

Each program has a TDA Data Overview page that summarizes the type of data available in each dataset and provides direct links to TDA dataset home pages by program year.