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Thank you for visiting the Region 17 Child Nutrition website.  Everyone plays a role in teaching children the 3E's of Healthy Living — Education, Exercise and Eating Right. 

Child Nutrition is administered through the Texas Department of Agriculture. The Texas Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Division administers 12 federal child and special nutrition programs for the State of Texas. TDA supports providers of nutrition assistance by helping ensure accountability and the efficient use of taxpayer dollars to nourish Texans in need. These nutrition programs exemplify "eating right" for Texans of every age and background and help them build a bridge to success. TDA resources are available online @

The Child Nutrition program at Region 17 is a service provided to all school districts throughout the region and is designed to provide information, technical assistance, and support for program compliance, nutrition and management. Assistance is available through workshops, training sessions, and direct on-site contact with child nutrition program personnel and administrators. A major function is the safe, efficient, and effective operation of the school/child nutrition program. 

In addition, districts are offered the opportunity to participate in the multi-regional West Texas Food Service Cooperative.  WTFSC operates two components, food purchasing and commodity processing, that assist participating members to administer fiscally sound food service operation while providing appealing, nutritious meals. 




Federal regulations require the state agency administering the School Nutrition Programs to evaluate a Contracting Entity’s (CE) compliance with state and federal program regulations at least once during a three-year cycle.  The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Administrative Review (AR) replaces the Coordinated Review Effort (CRE) in assessing Contracting Entity (CE) compliance with the administration of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), and other school nutrition programs.  The AR is a three year review cycle. The second cycle began July 1, 2016.

Administrative Review Resources
2019-2020 Region 17 Administrative Reviews


Anton ISD
Borden County ISD
Dawson ISD-Welch
Floydada ISD
Garza County                                          Klondike ISD

Muleshoe ISD
New Deal ISD
O'Donnell ISD
Olton ISD
Post ISD
Sands ISD


Seagraves ISD
Seminole ISD
Shallowater ISD
Springlake-Earth ISD
Spur ISD
Sudan ISD
Important Note: Administrative Review schedules are subject to change.


2020-21 Cycle Menu Toolkit Coming Soon!

The Cycle Menu Toolkit was developed through a cooperative effort of Regional Child Nutrition Specialists at Education Service Centers 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18.


This cycle menu toolkit was developed and produced with federal funds for entities participating in USDA Child Nutrition Programs as a menu planning tool. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means for profit.

These materials and training services are provided through the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Division (TDA) funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (USDA).

The Cycle Menu Toolkit was developed to assist Contracting Entities (CE) using the meal patterns and nutrition standards prescribed in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 in providing Texas school children with nutritionally-balanced school meals. These school breakfast and lunch meals were designed using a variety of menu items intended to be tasty, student-friendly, colorful, and with consideration given to ease of preparation and production.

The complete toolkit includes PreK-12 Breakfast Menus and a Lunch Menu for PreK, K-8 and 9-12, corresponding food production records, and recipes. The links below provide the printable versions of each component of the toolkit. Requests for additional information can be submitted to Tricia Hays at

Please contact a Child Nutrition Specialist for the 2019-20 Cycle Menu Toolkit.


Child Nutrition Summer Conferences are conducted statewide in the summer months each year. Each ESC, or in partnership with other ESC’s, hosts a conference in different locations across the state to ensure that all district personnel have an opportunity to attend. These conferences offer comprehensive training in all areas related to child nutrition program operations, as well as coursework needed for TASN certification. Region 17 ESC encourages all personnel involved with the district child nutrition program, including food service, business managers, and administrators, to plan to attend the Child Nutrition Summer Conference.
2020 Child Nutrition Summer Workshop
July 21-23, 2020
Region 17 Education Service Center
Lubbock, Texas

Registration Coming Soon!

2019 Child Nutrition Summer Workshop

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Click the arrows to browse the trainings being offered each month.

Click the links below each training title to be directed to the registration page and to view more detailed information. 

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Region 17 Child Nutrition Team

Tricia Hays
Child Nutrition Specialist -Schools/RCCIs
(806) 281-5835
Katherine Artho
Child Nutrition Specialist - Schools/RCCIs
(806) 281-5809
Karen Chapman
Child Nutrition Specialist - Schools/RCCIs
(806) 281-5885
Agnes Sauceda
Support Staff
(806) 281-5803 
Tarrah Moreno
Child Nutrition Specialist - CACFP & SFSP
(806) 281-5811



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:, 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

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 Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

 (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

 (3) email:

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We are passionately committed to developing and nurturing healthy, thriving learning communities across Region 17 by guiding and supporting schools in their quest for excellence.

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