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The Abilene Independent School District will offer free breakfast and lunch meals for children ages 18 and under during its 2017 Summer Nutrition Program. Children can eat a free, nutritious meal at one of 16 sites throughout the community, with some beginning Tuesday. All sites will be closed July 3-4 but will resume serving meals until July 28. view article arw

Free breakfast and lunch will be served at schools across Austin ISD this summer through the Summer Food Service Program, a U.S. Department of Agriculture initiative ensuring that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. According to AISD, guests to any of the participating campuses can have meals without registration or identification requirements. Meals are offered to children age 18 or younger, regardless of economic status or whether the child attends school in AISD. view article arw

After several failed attempts and compromises during the legislative session — and a heated debate with members of the House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday — Rep. Helen Giddings succeeded in getting the House to pass a measure that targets "lunch shaming" in schools. view article arw

The 2017 Summer Food Service Program by the Ysleta Independent School District will start back up in the next few weeks as classes come to an end. The district will provide free breakfast and lunch to children between the ages of 1 and 18. from Monday through Thursday. Campuses are closed on Fridays, so no meals will be served on those days, according to YISD Nutrition Services view article arw

Canutillo Independent School District voted not to renew its contract with a company providing the district's controversial breakfast program. Parents, students and teachers packed Tuesday's meeting to voice concerns about the food's quality and allege some items were served after its expiration date. view article arw

The Spring Independent School District's child nutrition department now serves all of its elementary schools through its Breakfast in the Classroom program. "We recognize that weekday mornings are often busy, and it is sometimes difficult to find time for breakfast even with the best intentions," said Shelly Copeland, the district's child nutrition director. Copeland said the district has been able to expand the program through grants from the American Association of School Administrators, Dairy Max and Fuel Up to Play 60. The program started for the 2015-16 school year when, after the encouragement of district superintendent Rodney Watson, Copeland and other district administrators applied for a grant with a superintendents' association group and were awarded the grant. view article arw

 A dozen students were suspended from a Garland middle school on Tuesday, for watching a fight. But, that was just the beginning of a saga that had at least one parent questioning the “common sense” of the adults making decisions. Jennifer Ford says she was able to get her son’s suspension reversed after proving that he was simply trying to get to class after leaving the nurse’s office. But, what her son said next had Ford demanding answers from O’Banion Middle School leaders. view article arw

The Georgetown Independent School District announced Wednesday that it will sponsor a food service program during the 2017 summer break for all children 18 years of age or under. The 2017 Seamless Summer Foodservice Program is part of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service. The USDA states on it site that it plans to serve more than 200 million free meals to children at approved SFSP sites. view article arw

The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to increase school lunch prices for the 2017-2018 school year. The school district reviewed three options for lunch prices, and went with the option that increase school lunch prices by 25 cents next school year.  view article arw

Big Spring ISD got out of the food service industry Thursday night. Trustees voted unanimously to accept a bid by Aramark to provide food service to the district’s campuses. The transition to move the program from under the district’s authority to Aramark is expected to begin in the coming weeks. The move is a cost-savings measure, district officials have stated. Currently, local tax money is used to subsidize the program, according to Superintendent Chris Wigington, adding district officials have been researching the idea of outsourcing its food service program since last year. view article arw

More than 13-million children nationwide are lacking the proper nutrition in their homes, and some schools districts in Central Texas are working to change that. The number of children receiving free or reduced lunch exceeds more than half of the student population, which means some parents might not have the means to provide nutritious meals at home. Dr. Joseph Welch who is the Executive Director of Student Service at Killeen, said this is why his school district is stepping in to help, especially during the summer. “I don't want a single kid to worry about where they're going to get breakfast or lunch during the day during the summer. When we go on vacation many of our students that rely upon that meal that breakfast and lunch during the day they're not necessarily going to get that,” Welch said. view article arw

Seventy-six percent of Cameron children are on free or reduced lunches in the Cameron Independent School District, according to Tanya Hoelscher, a Cameron ISD administrative assistant. Cameron ISD has 1,872 students enrolled on its campuses, and the district serves a free breakfast to all students in the district, which gives them a good meal to start the day. view article arw

In response to errors that twice sent a Brackenridge Elementary School second-grader who’s allergic to cinnamon to the emergency room, the San Antonio Independent School District’s nutrition department will recommend to trustees tonight that teachers who distribute breakfast in the classroom use software alerting them when students need special meals. view article arw

The Sulphur Springs school board will be tackling everything from food to finances to technology when they meet Monday evening. Changing some meal prices, refunding of a bond, ag-related projects and iPads for students in grades 3-5 are among the matters the Sulphur Springs Independent School District Board of Trustees will be asked to consider approving at their regular meeting. Veronica Arnold, food service director for SSISD, is asking the school board to increase prices for visitors and adults at both breakfast and lunch starting Wednesday. The price would then be reevaluated once national lunch and breakfast program rates are released. Jenny Arledge, director of career readiness and career and technology classes at the high school, is listed on the 6 p.m. agenda to discuss a few issues, including permission to remodel and purchase new welding equipment for the ag shop. She’ll also be asking for an increase in the CTE budget and funding for CTE curriculum. view article arw

A few changes are coming to the requirements for school lunches across the nation. The first change will allow any district having difficulty transitioning to whole grain breads and pastas the option to continue to operate under current expectations, which require only 51 percent of grains to be whole grain. The second change says that schools no longer need to hit the stricter sodium levels in foods - shown below in Target Two. Instead, they can keep the levels shown in Target One. view article arw

The small crisis takes place countless times at the lunch hour in schools across Greater Houston: Students have no lunch money, for all sorts of reasons. The solution du jour in many area school districts is cheese on bread, which officials describe as a necessary balance between child nutrition and fiscal responsibility. While not exactly Dickensian, these "alternative meals" are the best the school officials say they are able to do. Friendswood ISD is one of four area districts that serve regular meals instead of meager alternative ones. Friendswood ISD's total debt for unpaid meals is $3,565. view article arw

Children nutrition directors across the state are bracing for the new changes in school lunches guidelines. Julie Wood is the child nutrition director at Hudson ISD. She said with the current rules put in place by the Healthy Hunger-Free Act from seven years ago caused her team to be more creative on how to serve the hot meals. "I think the first thing is kids eat with their eyes. It's got to look good. It's got to taste good,” Wood said. However, the stringent rules often didn't make the food modifications very appetizing. Since 2010, the Healthy Hunger-Free Act championed by former First Lady Michelle Obama, has been implemented across the nation. view article arw

During the April 25 Garland ISD Board of Trustees meeting a new district administrator employee was introduced – Deborah Cabrera. She will serve as the interim chief financial officer. Cabrera’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Business Administration from LeTourneau University. The Board of Trustees then received an update on the after school care program. An overview of the presentation – total program enrollment was 723, with campus enrollment of 16,429, and 4.4 percent participation. view article arw

 At least four of the largest school districts in North Texas have practices that shame students in the lunch line. So-called shaming happens when a student does not have money in his or her account to pay for a meal and a cafeteria worker takes away their tray of food, disposing of it in front of other children, and replaces it with a lesser substitute such as a sandwich. "I think a lot of people would be shocked. They're just not aware of it," said Kelvin Holt, 54, a teacher in Copperas Cove. He spent more 32 years in the U.S. Army as medic, mechanic and a helicopter pilot. After retiring a few years ago, he became a teacher in central Texas and witnessed such shaming happen with a 4-year-old girl in a PreK class he taught. view article arw

At least four of the largest school districts in North Texas have practices that shame students in the lunch line. So-called shaming happens when a student doesn't have money in his or her account to pay for a meal and a cafeteria worker takes away their tray of food, disposing of it in front of other children, and replacing it with a lesser substitute like a sandwich. "I think a lot of people would be shocked. They're just not aware of it," said Kelvin Holt, 54, a teacher in Copperas Cove. He spent more than 32 years in the U.S. Army as a medic, mechanic and a helicopter pilot. After retiring a few years ago, he became a teacher in Central Texas and witnessed such shaming happen with a 4-year-old girl in a Pre-K class he taught. view article arw

When her children started at Independence Elementary in Castle Hills, Chonnie Richey wanted to be involved. After learning what her kids were eating at school, she knew just how she wanted to help. "As a parent, I want my kids to eat fresh food," Richey says. view article arw

After recognizing the 10 Chamber of Commerce mini-grant recipients who each received up to $150 for classroom enhancements, Plainview ISD trustees on Thursday got down to business in approving a variety of contracts and bids. Most of the action came on unanimous 6-0 votes, with trustee Robert Rivera absent as well as Superintendent Dr. Rocky Kirk who had a family emergency.The board agreed to become an affiliate of Texas Educational Employers Benefit Cooperative. That action allows PISD employees to participate in various supplemental insurance benefits, including life, vision, accident, disability and others. view article arw

The Beaumont ISD Breakfast in the Classroom program kicked off in February. Elementary schools like Fletcher, Charlton-Pollard, Blanchette and Regina Howell have already joined the program. Sallie Curtis elementary school will join tomorrow morning. Parents and grandparents of Sallie Curtis elementary school children are concerned that food is getting too close to learning materials. view article arw

A new resident found itself a new home in the Navarro ISD trophy case this week thanks to a district-wide initiative to provide healthy food options and education on nutrition. Navarro ISD’s child nutrition department won a Best of the Bunch Award for the third consecutive year as part of the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Local Products Challenge. “TDA offers districts to put local products in their menu during National School Lunch Week,” Navarro ISD Child Nutrition Director Carlette Drabek said. “The requirement is that you provide three items out of the groups they give us and put them on our menu during that time period. At the same time, you’re providing education to the students on local produce and giving them educational materials they can take home.” view article arw

The Texas Department of Agricultrue has presented its Best of the Bunch Award to the Food Services Department of Plains Independent School District. The award recognizes outstanding participation in the 2016 Local Products Challenge. Sid Miller, Texas Department of Agriculture commissioner, said in congratulating the school, “Your team’s commitment to advancing academic achievement through good nutrition is truly commendable.” Stephanie Howard, Plains ISD superinendent, said, “We congratulate to our Food Services team on this award, and we appreciate all their work to provide quality food to our students every day.” view article arw

Austin ISD has a new food truck thanks to a $608,000 grant from the Life Time Foundation.  The food truck is called Nacho Average Food Truck, but nachos won't be served. Instead the truck will serve up healthy burgers with an international flair to schools across the district. The Life Time Foundation is a public charity, founded by Life Time Fitness. AISD agreed to remove the foundation's "harmful seven" ingredients from school menus, including unhealthy fats and artificial colors and flavors.  view article arw

Killeen Independent School District Superintendent John Craft said a change to the current high school lunch policy is needed for the upcoming school year. During a March 7 school board meeting Craft said he believes changing the open campus lunch policy by not allowing ninth-grade students off campus is the best option available, and he said the policy change is likely. As KISD has grown over the years, cafeteria workers at the district’s four high schools have had trouble feeding all the students, and cafeteria buildings are not large enough to seat every student. By the numbers KISD has the capacity to feed 63 percent of all enrolled high school students, meaning more than 3,000 students must either go off campus for lunch or bring their own food to school. view article arw

The Blessed Angels Community Center (BACC) partnered with Judson ISD for the first time to help feed students and their families during Spring Break. Volunteers from Judson ISD and San Antonio Zulu Association, along with Mayor Ivy Taylor, gave away boxes of food to about 500 families in need Wednesday morning at Alamo United Methodist Church. Marion Thomas, CEO of Blessed Angels, founded the local nonprofit emergency food pantry three years ago. “I took out the money from my savings and jumped in with both feet,” said Thomas, who feels happy to partner with Judson ISD. “We are working directly with the counselors. We made up the vouchers, and the counselors gave them to the kids that are on the free lunch program.” The CEO mentioned why it was important for him to help the students on the free lunch program. “Many times, the only meals that they have are ones they get at school, so this is going to help while they are on Spring Break, and that is why we want to do this again in June.” view article arw

 School may be out in the Northside Independent School District, but the cafeterias are still open. Northside ISD is doing all it can to make sure students don't go hungry during spring break. Nearly 10,000 children will have access to free meals, through Northside ISD’s Child Nutrition Services. view article arw

After several years, Big Spring Independent School District is looking to make its school cafeterias more efficient. School district leaders revealed potential proposals from outside vendors to their current staff on Thursday to take over their food service business. “The truth is I don’t think any of us felt safe when we walked in there tonight,” Food Service employee Anna Prothro said. “I know I didn’t, because I intend to work until they won’t let me.” After learning that BSISD was considering contracting with an outside vendor for its food service Prothro and her coworkers are fearful. view article arw

Chances are you’ve heard of farm-to-table, but have you heard of farm-to-school? It’s a movement picking up momentum in the Austin Independent School District. “We’re committed to providing Austin ISD students with tasty, healthy food, while sourcing locally and sustainable whenever possible,” said Anneliese Tanner, AISD Food Services director. The district recently made the switch to all pasture-raised eggs from Vital Farms, an Austin company.  For the last couple of years, AISD has partnered with Johnson’s Backyard Garden, an organic farm in east Austin offering fresh vegetables in the school lunch line. view article arw

The Big Spring ISD has agreed to move forward with the process of requesting proposals from food vendors. The district was visited by two of the contending vendors on Thursday and are interested in working with the district. At the meeting three food service workers with the district voiced their concerns with school officials who ensured them that they would not lose their jobs. view article arw

More than two dozen Dallas ISD schools will provide food to students during Spring Break. The Spring Break Meals Program ensures children won't go hungry during the break. Anyone who is 18 years of age and younger can get a free morning snack and lunch during the vacation at 25 Dallas ISD schools. Breakfast will be served 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The meals will be served from Monday, March 13, through Thursday, March 16. view article arw

Big Spring ISD trustees will discuss the option of outsourcing the district’s food service program to a management company when they meet Thursday night at the high school board room. “In an effort to evaluate the efficiency of its overall operations, the Big Spring Independent School District has requested proposals from food service vendors,” said Superintendent Chris Wigington in a press release. view article arw

 It is often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. With that in mind, the Waxahachie Police Department and the Waxahachie Independent School District have added another reason for the importance of the meal. The department and the district have created a new program called "Cops and Kids Breakfast" that rewards elementary school students for making positive choices with breakfast with a police officer and a ride to school in a patrol car. The program got its start almost by accident when Waxahachie Assistant Police Chief Dale Sigler took his son Brice to school one morning. view article arw