Imelda Palacios, Director For Child Nutrition Program

    Imelda was born in Edinburg and raised in Pharr, Texas and is a proud product of PSJA ISD, ‘Once a Bear, Always a Bear’. Ms. Palacios has been gratefully serving PSJA ISD for over 32 years and has served as the accountant for the Child Nutrition Program and is currently the district’s Child Nutrition Director. Her responsibilities include overseeing all the district's child nutrition programs that include leading over 320 souls in her department. The department is outfitted with a $22 million dollar budget and serves over 25,000 meals a day.   

    Imelda carries a Bachelor in Business Administration Degree in Accounting and a Master of Science Degree in Management.  Her certifications include: the National School Nutrition Association (SNA) certification, Texas Association of School Nutrition (TASN) certification, and ServSafe certification.

    Her various accomplishments include serving on the board of the Good Samaritan Community Services RGV, a member of the National Hispanic Professional Organization, the American Commodity Distribution Association, the Rio Grande Valley Association of School Nutrition Association, and the Texas Association of School Business Officials. She has been recognized in her arena and has received various awards nationally from the United States Department of Agriculture, at the state level from the Texas Department of Agriculture, and locally from Hidalgo County for achieving the Local Products Challenge.  She has presented seminars at the national SNA and state TASN conferences on various topics including best practices in school food service, minimizing food waste, customer service, and federal program documents. 

    Her depth and experience authored the Child Nutrition Academy where the staff was trained on various topics such as Civil Rights, Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points standard operating procedures, customer service, and required documentation for the federal meal service program. She helped orchestrate the Operations Supervisor Academy which provided training on leadership skills to allow flexibility in daily work challenges.

    Her hobbies include reading, exercising, family time, and dancing.  Ms. Palacios has four amazing children: Danny,  Elisa, Kristine, Joey, and four beautiful grandchildren, Kaedyn, Kaleb, Liam, and Wyatt. She is a member of St.  Margaret Mary Catholic Church.

    Her favorite leadership quote is: ‘People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel." 




    Mission Statement


    To provide high quality, nutritious and appealing meals to all students.  To help educate all students about healthy eating and physical activity.  To help every student succeed by keeping their minds focused on their ability to learn, not on an empty stomach.


    Vision Statement


    "Improving Student Achievement Through Nutrition"

Media Release

  • The Pharr San Juan Alamo ISD will continue to participate in the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for the 2021-2022 school year. The CEP is an alternative to the collection of individual household applications. Schools qualifying to operate CEP serve breakfast and lunch to all children at no charge and eliminate the collection of meal applications for free, reduced-price, and paid student meals. This approach reduces burdens for both families and school administrators and helps ensure that all students receive nutritious meals.

    For additional information please contact the following person:

    Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD Child Nutrition Program

    Imelda Palacios, Director for CNP

    800 S. Stewart Rd.

    San Juan, Texas 78589

Non-discrimination Policy


    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: https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complaint,  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. 





Comunicado de prensa

  • El Distrito Escolar de Pharr San Juan Alamo ISD continuará participando con el Programa de Elegibilidad Comunitaria (CEP) bajo el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares y el Programa de Desayuno Escolar para el año escolar 2021-2022. El CEP es una alternativa a la recopilacion de aplicaciones por hogar. Las escuelas que califican para operar CEP sirven desayunos y almuerzos gratuitos ó a bajos costos a todos estudiantes. Esto ayuda a que todas las familias que tengan estudiantes en el Distrito Escolar reciban alimentos nutritivos.Para obtener información adicional, comuníquese con la siguiente persona:

    Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD Child Nutrition Program

    Imelda Palacios, Director for CNP

    800 S. Stewart Rd.

    San Juan, Texas 78589



    De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

    Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

    Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complainty en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

    (1) correo: 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; o

    (3) correo electrónico: program.intake@usda.gov.


    Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades. 


    Contact Us

    • Child Nutrition Department
      800 S. Stewart RD.
      San Juan, TX 78589
      Email us at: aurora.palacios@psjaisd.us 
      Follow us on Facebook and Twitter at: @PSJAChildNutrition