Parents of Longview Independent School District elementary students can rest easy knowing their children will be fed at school, regardless of whether they remember to pack a lunch. Starting in August 2019, every Longview ISD elementary student will receive free breakfast and lunch from the cafeteria thanks to the federal Community Eligibility Provision [CEP] program. The LISD Board of Trustees approved the measure during Monday night's regular meeting. view article arw

On April 13, 2019, ACT will provide free breakfast before the ACT test to students at 11 test centers in Florida and two in Texas, launching the next phase of the nonprofit organization’s long-term initiative to help ensure that hunger does not affect its examinees. The expansion will reach roughly 1,000 students in Texas from Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District and more than 1,000 students in Florida across five different school districts including Bay District Schools, Clay County District Schools, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Orange County Public Schools, and Pinellas County Schools. Students taking the ACT at the 11 designated high schools in Florida and two high schools in Texas—Edinburg High School and Economedes High School—will receive a complimentary breakfast before the test. view article arw

Irving, Dallas, Garland, Crowley and Arlington all rank highly among Texas school districts when it comes to feeding students in need. That's according to a new list from the advocacy non-profit Children At Risk. They ranked districts across the state based on whether or not they're providing low-income students with breakfast, lunch and after-school meals. Jenny Eyer is the director of child health research and policy for the organization. She says there wasn't always a push from school districts to prioritize student nutrition. view article arw

Huntsville ISD students will have to pack a little more lunch money in the coming year. The school’s board of trustees unanimously voted on Tuesday to increase lunch prices by 10 cents at all levels. That brings prices to $2.30 for lunch in elementary and intermediate schools, and $2.70 at the middle and high school. The increase was prompted by state regulations, according to assistant superintendent for administration Kevin Stanford. view article arw

Eleven-year-old Sophia Smith ponders some questions largely left up to urban planners, sustainability experts and city leaders — where do communities put all the trash? As Sophia seeks answers, she worries about space being used up to create more and more landfills. "We could hurt the environment," Sophia said. "There could be so much trash piling up everywhere. We would need more and more space. We would have to keep making bigger and bigger spaces for all the trash and we would have less places to live." view article arw

The first week of April Wichita falls high school students will have the opportunity to choose which lunch option will become a daily staple in their school cafeterias. It's part of the "student choice" program which allows students to taste test the options before casting their vote for their favorite. The entree that receives the most votes will be introduced into the cafeteria and served every day. view article arw

A handful of Dallas-area school districts are among the best in Texas in providing students the food they need beyond school lunches. Irving, Dallas, Garland, Crowley and Arlington were among those honored Wednesday by the education advocacy group Children At Risk in its ranking of districts that do the best to provide low-income students with the nutrition they need. Irving ISD ranked sixth overall among the state's districts, rising from 22nd during the nonprofit's last rankings in 2017. view article arw

Unfortunately for too many Dallas ISD students, hunger does not take a break. Therefore, the Dallas ISD Food and Child Nutrition Services Department (FCNS) is offering free meals at 27 select campuses during spring break. view article arw

The Socorro Independent School District has expanded its supper meal program to include the Desert Wind School Community. The Desert Wind school has kids from first to eighth grade. The program will give free supper meals to any and all people from ages one to eighteen, and you do not have to be a student to receive a free meal. Aggie Reyes, the SISD Nutrition Services Coordinator said, “Here at Socorro ISD We feel that there is a need to provide these types of services for the community and the children and its a great benefit for them.“  view article arw

McAllen ISD in partnership with Texas Hunger Initiative of Baylor University and other organizations, bringing together school districts and community leaders from across six counties, including Webb and Zapata to discuss school breakfast programs.  Dr. Elaine Hernandez, Regional Director Texas Hunger Initiative says, "We recognize that food security is an issue. Today we will be presenting how school meals help to solve the issue of food insecurity in our border region."  view article arw

Beginning Monday, another Socorro ISD school will be offering free meals to students and the community. Desert Wind School, located near I-10 and Timothy, will be the district's seventh school to join the Supper Meal Program. As KTSM previously reported, the program kicked off in 2017 and includes free after-school snacks and full dinners. view article arw

Jocelyn Menjivar has four children who are and will be coming up through the Grand Prairie school district. "When looking at schools, Grand Prairie was one of the top school districts in DFW," she said. But she feels the district they so desired is letting children down. "It's not okay," Menjivar said. She's talking about a new school lunch policy for high school students. The district will no longer allow students to "charge" meals. view article arw

Volunteers come to Love and Care Ministry every six weeks to pack food for students. Tuesday they packed 420 bags for the 70 kids they feed. "A lot of students are food ensure and over the weekends its important that we send home food with them so that they can go to school and learn and have a full belly," said Sarah Burch, Taylor Elementary PTO President. view article arw

Ali Shepard starts each weekday at 8:30 a.m. with a free breakfast at G.W. Carver Middle School, preferring to eat the popular breakfast pizza or Pop-Tarts if he does not have enough time to eat a hot meal. The 11-year-old goes about the rest of his day, moving from class to class, until 4 p.m., when school lets out. Then he ambles toward the school cafeteria, the third time in a day he will enter the room, for the campus after-school program, where he receives another hot meal before tackling homework, playing games or doing Zumba with the other students. view article arw

On a recent evening, while fixing her two kids’ dinner, Tabitha Trudnak spoke about the lunches where her daughter attends school, and her confidence in the cleanliness of the cafeteria serving those meals. “I think they’re pretty clean,” I teach also, so I go in the cafeterias and they always seem to be really clean.” But is Tabitha’s trust deserved? view article arw

Yana Koleva, the interim food service director for Round Rock ISD, said the district has offered vegetarian options for a while now. However, she said interest has spiked from parents and students recently. "We're here to serve our community and students, so we try to incorporate as many [options] as we can into our menus," Koleva said.  view article arw

Independent school districts across Texas are facing a shortage of nutrition workers ranging from managers and cooks to servers. Some districts are having to get aggressive and creative in recruiting and retaining employees to make sure students are taken care of in the lunchroom. With student nutrition so important, it has become a top priority for many districts. view article arw

The West Texas Food Bank has partnered with Midland ISD to open its third and fourth food pantries in the district — one at Alamo Junior High and one at South Elementary. As the only elementary school to have a food pantry, South received its first round of equipment on Thursday, allowing the school to begin the process, while Alamo is set to open during the first week of February. view article arw

We all know bills can add up quickly. One couple lightened the load at Frost Elementary School in Georgetown. "They cleared out all lunch accounts,” said Principal Janet Mormon. She said grandparents of one of the students just paid off all of the negative balance lunch accounts, all $486.73 of it.  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