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A Denton elementary school student is proving that even a 10-year-old can make a difference, if you speak up. Jaida Klimpel is a fifth grader at Stephens Elementary School. She likes volleyball, cello and hanging with her friends. What she doesn't like is school lunch. view article arw

State honors Lamar CISD Food Service

February 0907:45 AM
 

For the third consecutive year, the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District Food Service Department is being honored by the Texas Department of Agriculture in the Best of Bunch Local Products Challenge. view article arw

Educators, administrators, parents and students are calling it a win-win; hungry students are now getting extra food at school, and less food is going in the trash because of the TexasStudent Fairness in Feeding Act, which was signed into law in late 2017. State Rep. Diego Bernal wrote the bill and worked with colleagues to push it through the Texas House and Senate. Now, local schools are finally taking advantage. For some students, the school meals they eat are the only ones they get each day. view article arw

Remember when paying off school lunches became something of a viral form of activism last year? Students who can’t pay for their lunch has always been an issue, but it’s on Americans’ minds as school funding and other assistance programs are cut. In the Austin school district alone, the nutrition and food services department serves 80,000 meals per day, including about 700 meals that the students receiving them can’t pay for. view article arw

The holiday season can be tough on families trying to make ends meet, but local middle schoolers are making sure no one is struggling to get food on the table this holiday season. Zachry Middle School is a 71 percent title 1 campus and they offer free meals during the day to students who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford the meals. "This helps every single family, that little bit between paychecks to make the holidays just that much brighter," Zachry Middle School Principal Susan Allain said. view article arw

The Clint Independent School District in far East El Paso was named as the top-ranking school district in Texas for providing meals to low-income students. Children at Risk, a nonprofit that conducts research and advocacy for children's issues across Texas, ranked Clint first in a report that evaluated how school districts provide meals to their low-income student population.  view article arw

Assistant director of school nutrition Suzanne Murdough will replace Angie Martinez as director of food services for the Temple Independent School District at the end of this semester. The Temple ISD board of trustees voted to promote Murdough during its Monday meeting. Murdough was unanimously recommended by a hiring committee that interviewed four finalists for the position. view article arw

North East ISD schools are fighting child hunger through a system called the "share table." The share table allows students to donate unopened breakfast bars, cereal bowls, dry snacks and uncut fresh fruit to the share table. Items from the share table are then given to hungry students or students who can't afford meals or a snack. "We have kids who definitely come hungry and want some extra food," Cody Miller, Hidden Forrest Elementary principal said. view article arw

Rio Grande Valley districts were featured in a study of how many of its most disadvantaged students take advantage of free school meals view article arw

The Lamesa ISD cafeteria staffs have decided to cancel this coming week’s Christmas holiday meals for parents, grandparents and guests. Holiday meals will be served at each campus this week; however, only students will be served. “The December Holiday Meals have been cancelled and we will move this event to the spring semester. view article arw

A report that evaluates how well Texas school districts provide meals to students living in poverty showed the San Antonio and Harlandale Independent School Districts were recently ranked in the study’s top 10 “school food rankings.”  The report provided by “Children at Risk” -- a Texas nonprofit research and advocacy organization -- reviewed 62 Texas school districts that are known to have low-income students.  view article arw

Little Elm ISD Gets A Food Truck!

November 2808:25 AM
 

Little Elm ISD has been looking for a way to also give its special needs students real world food service training. So what better way to do that these days than with their very own food truck. view article arw

The Harlandale and San Antonio independent school districts are among the best in the state at making sure their students have enough to eat, according to new research from the nonprofit advocacy group Children at Risk. 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

January 1508:18 AM
 

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