The Trump Administration is rolling back some of the Obama-era regulations on public school lunches. The rules have been relaxed on whole-grain requirements, sodium limits, sugary drinks, and saturated fats. The U.S. Agriculture Secretary said these restrictions were too restrictive, making it difficult for schools to feed students food they would eat. view article arw

Since January, Texas schools have been allowed to become nonprofit food pantries, saving unused food and giving it to hungry students. Now, an organization within UT Health San Antonio is offering a blueprint that schools can follow to get started. According to Feeding Texas, more than 25 percent of children in Bexar County live in food insecure homes. They don't know where their next meal will come from. view article arw

Next year school districts can serve saltier cafeteria foods, fewer whole grain options and put a bit more fat in the milk. That's because the USDA is making guidelines less restrictive. “To some degree, it’s a step back because for Nacogdoches Independent School District we’ve already complied with the rules," said student nutrition director for Nacogdoches ISD, Robin Thacker. view article arw

The U.S. school lunch program is making room on menus again for noodles, biscuits, tortillas and other foods made mostly of refined grains. The Trump administration is scaling back contested school lunch standards implemented under the Obama administration including one that required only whole grains be served. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday only half the grains served will need to be whole grains, a change it said will do away with the current bureaucracy of requiring schools to obtain special waivers to serve select refined grains foods. Low-fat chocolate milk will also be allowed again. Previously, only fat-free milk could be flavored, although that rule had also been temporarily waived. view article arw

The Trump administration announced Thursday it would scale back school lunch standards to allow refined grains and low-fat chocolate milk. The Department of Agriculture released a statement outlining the final rule on nutritional changes to be released later this month. Only half of grains sold will have to be whole grain, flavored low-fat milk will be available and schools will have more time to meet sodium requirements. view article arw

A 22-year Army veteran and expert in food service and logistics has been appointed to lead Killeen ISD’s school nutrition program for 45,000 students. Superintendent John Craft appointed Evan Leach as director of school nutrition. Leach has served in the U.S. Army since 1997 and is currently assigned to III Corps headquarters at Fort Hood. He is retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 and will join Killeen ISD on Jan. 7. view article arw

A 22-year Army veteran and expert in food service and logistics has been named to the lead role of Killeen ISD’s school nutrition program, according to district officials. Superintendent John Craft appointed Evan Leach as director of school nutrition, according to a news release Monday. Leach has served in the U.S. Army since 1997, and is currently assigned to III Corps headquarters at Fort Hood. He is retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 and will join KISD on Jan. 7. During his army career, Leach led the planning and coordination for feeding 20,000 military members a day and estimated and organized sustainment requirements for all deployed service members in Iraq, Syria, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. view article arw

Students at a private university in New Jersey can eat more chicken as long as it's not Chick-fil-A. Rider University removed the restaurant from a survey of dining options "based on the company's record widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ community." The fast-food chain was included in previous surveys. view article arw

The University High School soccer team and JROTC are joining forces to brighten up Christmas for hundreds of children in the district. Through a Make A Wish Come True, students in need from Bell's Hill Elementary, South Waco Elementary, Kendrick Elementary, Alta Vista Elementary and Cesar Chavez Middle School wrote a letter saying what they would do with $100. University High School Soccer Coach Mike Chapman said this year they are hoping to fulfill the dreams of 240 children. view article arw

Frisco ISD is now accepting applications for FISD Insight, a community engagement program that offers participants a behind-the-scenes look at the school district. Many may not realize that FISD is the size of many large businesses, with an annual operating budget of more than half a billion dollars. The district enrolls more than 60,000 students in 72 schools and is now the 13th largest school district in Texas. With more than 7,000 employees, Frisco ISD is also the city of Frisco’s largest employer. view article arw

Dallas ISD’s Food and Child Nutrition Services Department will offer students free meals during the Thanksgiving break, from Monday, November 19, through Wednesday, November 21. “The effort is to ensure students have access to nutritious meals even during breaks from school,” DISD said in a news release Tuesday. view article arw

A schoolwide effort to help others will pay off in a big win for food banks in Parker County. The goal to stop hunger was Monday's Tell Me Something Good. McCall Elementary in the Aledo Independent School District wrapped up its annual food drive. The theme this year was Wrestle Down Hunger, so wrestling masks and costumes were part of the fun. view article arw

Lewisville ISD’s new gourmet food truck, named StrEATz & BEATz, made its official debut at Flower Mound High School. The food truck, which was approved by trustees in November 2017, is a result of a partnership between the district and food service provider Aramark as a way to provide a new dining option for K-12 students. “StrEATz & BEATz gives us a unique opportunity to introduce innovative breakfast concepts to students through a fun experience,” Aramark Executive Chef Robby Hooker said in a news release. view article arw

Driving near the schools in the district you see a lot of fast-food restaurants and gas stations but no grocery stores, from the administration building, the closest H-E-B is about 17 minutes away. KSAT 12 sat down with the districts nutrition director and a concerned mother who said the food desert in the district can lead to health problems for the families, and they also talked about how the schools are stepping in and stepping up to help their students. view article arw

A western Nebraska school superintendent has resigned just weeks after one of his school cooks mixed kangaroo meat into chili made for students. Potter-Dix Schools board of education minutes say board members Wednesday night accepted the resignation of Mike Williams and then voted to send him a notice about the possible immediate cancellation of his contract. view article arw

Corpus Christi Independent School District is disposing of some of its breakfast cereal after bugs were found in some of its cereal containers. This morning, a Carroll High School student sent KRIS 6 News video taken inside the school’s cafeteria. view article arw

Staying after school for sports or extracurricular activities can wear a student down, which is why the North East Independent School District wants to make sure students who attend schools in low-income neighborhoods are equipped with the nutrition needed to excel beyond the classroom. "Any extracurricular activity (participant) has the option to sign up for them as long as they're within a Title I school," said Jennifer Hall, assistant athletic coordinator at Nimitz Middle School. view article arw

A Nebraska superintendent is apologizing for "anxiety and any harm" caused after a school chef served — without disclosing — kangaroo meat to students.  A head cook in the state's Potter-Dix Public School district served up the meat on Oct. 10 as part of a chili dish mixed with meat, superintendent Mike Williams wrote in a letter to parents and students. view article arw

Every October we celebrate National School Lunch Week. This is the time of the year that we celebrate the School Lunch Program and all the great nutritional benefits school lunch brings to the cafeteria table. National School Lunch Week is a way to celebrate the lunch tray and everything we serve from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. but it is also a week to celebrate all the great things Food Service provides outside the school lunch period. Policy reform to core nutrition programs including the National School Lunch, Breakfast, WIC, and Summer Lunch programs in the form of Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act was enacted in 2010. Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act laid the groundwork on how we provide healthy, locally sourced, scratch made food and more at Brainerd Public Schools. view article arw

The Texas Department of Agriculture's theme for 2018 National School Lunch Week (NSLW) is "Level Up with a Healthy School Lunch!" This year’s theme plugs into students’ affinity for Video Games!  When children pick up a healthy school meal they pick up a controller they can use to win the healthy lifestyle game. TDA's NSLW campaign goal is always to challenge students and staff to try new foods offered in the cafeteria. We also challenge you to take your student’s love of video games and help connect the dots of how the benefits of eating healthy meals at school impacts their lives. So encourage your students to be team players and enjoy a healthy school lunch so they can have the energy and charisma to make winning choices for the rest of the school year! view article arw

Cars lined up on the south side of the Mercer-Blumberg Learning Center’s Parking lot, waiting for the opportunity to get some food for home. Seguin ISD in partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank was able to provide a food distribution day to area families in need. view article arw

The Katy Independent School District Education Foundation is hosting its 6th annual Fireflies & Foodtrucks fundraiser this month to “unite the community” and raise money to fund grants for student-teacher classroom projects. More than 750 people are expected to attend the adults-only event, which will feature live music, eight food trucks and a wine garden, at No Label Brewery on Thursday, Oct. 18, said Susan Smith, Katy ISD Education Foundation Board President and founder of Two Forks of Catering. view article arw

After complaints from parents on social media, the Rosebud-Lott ISD Superintendent Dr. Steve Brownlee clarified that the high school did not run out of food at lunch on Monday. Dr. Brownlee said that the kitchen temporarily ran out of popcorn chicken smackers. view article arw

Much of the race for Texas Agriculture Commissioner centers on food — whether immigrants should be able to help harvest it, how crops are traded or what items schools can serve students for lunch. Democrat Kim Olson, a farmer and Air Force veteran, is challenging the incumbent, Republican Sid Miller. In the latest edition of our Split Decision virtual debate series, watch Olson and Miller discuss these issues, as well as Miller's presence on social media and more. Stick to the end to learn which of the two candidates is better at guessing the weight of some BBQ. Olson is critical of what Miller's done over his first term as agriculture commissioner, including the fees he raised on farmers and ranchers in 2016 that an audit showed raised millions more dollars than necessary. Miller highlighted reforms he said he's made at the Texas Department of Agriculture, including increased inspections and expanded foreign markets. view article arw

School lunch is getting a little more hip in Austin. The Austin Independent School District is rolling out a new food truck to serve food for hundreds of kids each day. The food truck is called "Food 4 Thought," and it's the third food truck the district has. "Growing up and eating school lunches gets old after a while," said Diego Saldana, an 11th-grade student at Austin High School. view article arw

The Houston Independent School District announced on Wednesday that it had received approval from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Texas Department of Agriculture to waive the required application process for the National School Lunch/Breakfast Program. "All HISD students will eat all school meals for free during the 2017-2018 school year," the district said in a release Wednesday morning. Families still need to apply for this waiver though. view article arw

Fort Bend ISD is going to begin serving up something different for some students who continually fail to pay for their lunches -- a cold cheese sandwich with a side of milk, and that's not sitting well with some parents. We're not talking about students who qualify for free school meals. But apparently, these repeat offenders have gotten so "forgetful" that it's draining the district's budget by hundreds of thousands of dollars. view article arw

Study: Eat school lunch after recess

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Because of a federal rule, kids throw away millions of dollars of fruits and vegetables every single day at school. But a new study shows a simple, no-cost trick that should leave federal policy makers saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?” When recess takes place before kids sit down to eat – instead of after - fruit and vegetable consumption increases by 54%. view article arw

Beaumont Public Health director Sherry Ulmer says West Brook High School cafeteria workers did not want old sandwiches to rot outside during the Beaumont Independent School District Thanksgiving week-long break, since they were not sure when the trash would be collected.  view article arw