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Huntington ISD has a new child nutrition director on staff this year: Samantha McElroy, MS, RDN, LD. view article arw

The Stephenville ISD board of trustees met Monday to tackle a short agenda, which included a discussion on cafeteria food improvements, new SHS organizations and recognitions. “We talked about our efforts to improve the food quality in the cafeteria and brought in a third party to look at that,” said SISD Superintendent Matt Underwood. “We talked about cooking multiple batches, so the food would be more fresh by the time third lunch comes in.” view article arw

A Virginia mother has taken up a crusade to raise money for proper school lunches for students at her children’s elementary school. Once the negative balances of students at Ocean View Elementary in Norfolk, VA, reach $5, the kids are given a free option of a cheese sandwich and milk for lunch. "It tasted like nothingness,” Noahe Fahrenkrug, 9, said. "They just wanted to feed me and just get done with it." view article arw

On a typical school day the Food and Nutrition Services department at the Brownsville Independent School District serves somewhere between 65,000 and 75,000 meals, FNS officials say.  The number includes breakfast and lunch, with dinner at many schools. The only requirement for the evening meal is that it accompany an academically related activity, acting FNS administrator Paul Johnson said. view article arw

Nourishing food is fundamental to a healthy future for America’s children. Earlier this month, we celebrated the important role of school lunches, and the professionals that serve them in schools throughout the nation. The President proclaimed October 8-14 as National School Lunch Week in recognition of “the benefits that school lunch programs offer to our communities and to our Nation's future.” Over the course of the week, USDA leaders headed out to local schools to join children for lunch, and learned more about those schools’ “Recipes for Success” – the theme of the week. view article arw

David Crockett students Cameron Archield and Trinadi Aaron and William B. Travis students Charles Morrison and Isabelle Gicker were recently chosen to enjoy lunch with Marshall ISD Police Chief Joe Arledge as part of MISD PD's "Chow Down with the Chief" program. Chief Arledge instituted the "Chow Down with the Chief" program in 2016-2017 as a way to develop positive relationships between law enforcement and community and students. view article arw

Edgewood ISD Police Officer, Rogena Reed knows some students refer to her as RoboCop. Like the robotic movie character, she has been on a mission and it has earned her an award. Officer Reed received the Alamo Area Council of Governments-Age Out Loud Lifetime Commitment Award. " I knew one day it would come," was her humble response. view article arw

Roughly 200 students at Oak Spings Elementary in Austin receive free breakfast in the classroom each school day. It’s part of a larger initiative Austin ISD is rolling out with the help of a grant from Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom. Anneliese Tanner, AISD’s Executive Director of Food Services, believes the program is producing the desired results. view article arw

The bell just rang at Seale Junior High School in Robstown. Students are dismissed for the day, but instead of heading straight to the bus or to afterschool activities some of them go to the school cafeteria for dinner.  There they'll be served dishes like bean and cheese burritos and cheeseburgers depending on the day, with a fruit and vegetable side, some sort of grain and milk.  view article arw

Schools across north Texas are recognizing National School Lunch Week. Many school districts have been making changes to guarantee students have daily access to well-balanced meals and nutritious option. The access to a healthy school lunch is a mission that has been top of mind for a group of cafeteria workers in Dallas ISD. The halls of Piedmont Global Academy are busy when the school bells ring. Students rushing to class or to lunch. Some workers call the cafeteria the nerve center of the campus. view article arw

The state has extended its free lunches program until the end of the month of October for school districts affected by Hurricane Harvey, including Pearland ISD and Friendswood ISD. The program provides all students with a free lunch daily until Oct. 31. view article arw

 Bryan ISD juniors Abigayle Williams, Hannah Czajkowski and Olivia Williams were named national champions Tuesday at the National 4-H Food Challenge Contest in Dallas. Czajkowki, Bryan High, and the Williams sisters, Bryan Collegiate, beat out 46 teams from across Texas at the State 4-H Food Challenge Contest in June to qualify for the national contest. view article arw

The Texas Education Agency released the 2017 Community and Student Engagement ratings for the state’s school districts, charters, and campuses Monday. The Texas Education Code requires all districts and charters to evaluate their own performance, as well as that of each of their campuses, in community and student engagement. However, this will be the last year the data is released, a news release said. view article arw

Students and staff at Tarver-Rendon Elementary School like tending their garden as much they eating its bounty. The produce is used to stock the Mansfield school’s salad bar, the only elementary school in the district that has one. “The primary focus of the program is to expose our students to agriculture and how it affects our everyday lives,” said teacher Shaye Atwood. “By working in the garden and studying farming on a larger scale, students can get a glimpse into all that it takes to produce food for our country.” view article arw

School districts in the state of Texas are now allowed to store leftover food and create food pantries to distribute to students. School districts across Texas, including the Brownsville Independent School District, continue to take advantage of Senate Bill 725 since it went into effect earlier this month. For years, Brownsville ISD has had their high schools create food pantries on campus to serve students that need it the most. view article arw

A Texoma school district is working on a new program to help feed its students. More than 850,000 people in North Texas are food insecure, according to North Texas Food Bank. Bowie ISD is creating food pantries at its school campuses to store leftover food and feed hungry students. view article arw

The U.S. and Texas departments of agriculture have granted an extension to Cy-Fair ISD’s eligibility waiver to serve meals at no charge to students through Oct. 31. Initially scheduled to expire at the end of September, the program allows all students to receive free breakfasts and lunches regardless of their eligibility. view article arw

Parents with children in the Los Fresnos school district can now check what’s for breakfast and lunch thanks to the Nutrislice app. The app allows parents to see the daily menu by simply selecting the school the student attends.The first dropdown menu asks users to select a school from the LosFresnosConsolidatedIndependentSchool District and then select either the breakfast or lunch menu. view article arw

Food insecurity in focus after Harvey

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Food banks and pantries in Harvey-affected areas are bracing for the months of recovery that lay ahead. Here's what you need to know: Food banks, pantries and other food access advocates along the Texas coast were already food insecure before Hurricane Harvey came along. Take the Southeast Texas Food Bank, for example, which has already given out more than 1.5 million pounds of food. As they juggle a large amount of food donations coming in from around the nation, they know that the flow — like peoples' attention — will eventually drift elsewhere.  view article arw

Ten McKinney ISD schools were among those announced in August as America’s Healthiest Schools by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Of the approximately 31,000 schools that participate in the Healthy Schools Program, only 323 from 30 states and the District of Columbia were included on the 2017 list, and each recognized campus received the Healthier Generation’s prestigious National Healthy Schools Award. view article arw

In more than 40 years of working in El Paso ISD's cafeterias, Olimpia Estrada has seen the amount of wasted food drop dramatically as officials have established programs allowing the redistribution of leftover food. But they still have a long way to go. "Anything to cut down on the waste and not feed the trash can, I think would be good," Estrada said. view article arw

Grapevine-Colleyville  ISD participates in the National School Lunch Program, a federally assisted meal program that operates in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. The National School Lunch Program provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946. view article arw

There are big changes coming to HISD lunch trays and it includes taking chocolate milk, pizza and hot dogs off the menu. "Pizza and hot dogs and corn dogs -- that's carnival food," said Betti Wiggins, HISD Officer of Nutrition Services. "Those are foods that we shouldn't be talking about to represent a good diet that's nutritious to our kids." The district brought Betti Wiggins on a few months ago and she vows to change the way students approach nutrition.   view article arw

Child nutrition standards in Frisco ISD

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Frisco ISD participates in the national lunch program, a federally assisted meal program that operates in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. view article arw

On Wednesday, Killeen ISD officials rushed to clarify an email sent to parents of Clear Creek Elementary School students that said "trays will be pulled" from children who didn't have money in their lunch accounts to pay for meals, according to multiple reports. According to the Killeen Daily Herald, hours after reports of the "lunch shaming" policy change, Killeen ISD released a statement in hopes of clarifying the situation, saying in part: "Neither the District nor Clear Creek Elementary School have plans to implement a 'lunch shaming' policy. Furthermore, the previous correspondence pertaining to such a plan should be disregarded. Parents are being provided further clarification immediately. The District has plans and procedures in place to ensure all students receive nutritious meals on a daily basis." view article arw

The New York City Department of Education announced Wednesday that all public school students, regardless of family income, will receive free lunch. The program — called Free School Lunch For All — aligns with the start of the school year, and ends a feud between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council members, Chalkbeat reported. view article arw

A message threatening to pull lunches from children at one Central Texas elementary school has local parents outraged. The message from Clear Creek Elementary irritated parents but also had parents across the district worried that the same policies could be implemented in their children's schools.  view article arw

Aldine ISD will offer students and their families free meals ahead of the district's return to school. view article arw

The Houston Independent School District has opened nine schools across the city to provide free meals to families and others affected by Hurricane Harvey and local floods. HISD Nutrition Services began serving breakfast, lunch and dinner for free on Saturday, and will continue to serve meals throughout this week   view article arw

The Socorro Independent School District is introducing a new way to beat student hunger through its free supper pilot program. It launched the program on Tuesday at Mission Ridge Elementary School, Bill Sybert and Ernesto Serna schools, Capt. Walter E. Clarke Middle School and Eastlake and Socorro high schools. view article arw

At least one food delivery app has been taking lunch orders to high school students in Killeen and Copperas Cove since January, and while it has brought a safer option for students to get food off campus without having to walk or drive themselves, school officials may not be happy about it. According to a district policy that went into effect this school year, the Killeen Independent School District no longer allows ninth-grade students to leave campus during lunch, and food delivery personnel are not allowed to come on campus during school hours. view article arw

Free lunch and breakfast will be available for students in the Katy Independent School District each day until the post-Hurricane Harvey classes begin on September 11. The meals for Katy ISD students will be available from Tuesday, September 5 through Friday, September 8, district officials said. "We have all seen the devastating effects of Tropical Storm Harvey across the 181 square miles of our school community. It is our hope that Katy ISD can assist in helping to meet some of the basic needs of our students while families rebuild their lives," the district said in a statement. view article arw

School districts address lunch shaming

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Bethany Staples’ son was going through the lunch line at Auburn High School, near Seattle, a few years ago. When he got to the end of the line and punched in his number, the cashier told him his account was empty. “Then she snatched the tray out of his hand,” Staples said. The cafeteria worker then threw the meal in the trash and handed the boy a milk and a cheese sandwich. view article arw

The Houston Independent School District announced Wednesday all students will eat all school meals for free during the 2017-2018 school year. The approval came 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. view article arw

The Houston Independent School District announced Wednesday all students will eat all school meals for free during the 2017-2018 school year. The approval came 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. view article arw