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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

Ace, the Round Rock ISD Food Services mascot, and Spike from the Round Rock Express are teaming up to commemorate National School Breakfast Week on campus. Running from March 6-10, National School Breakfast Week has as its theme this year "Take the School Breakfast Challenge,” encouraging parents, students and school officials to start their morning with a healthful breakfast. view article arw

The Big Spring Independent School District has released a statement following concerns by cafeteria workers that they might be replaced by contractors. "In an effort to evaluate the efficiency of its overall operations, the Big Spring Independent School District has requested proposals from food service vendors. view article arw

Texas schools have some of the highest participation levels in the School Breakfast Program compared to other states. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture) WACO, Texas -- Texas is among the top states in the country for public school participation in the national School Breakfast Program. The 2017 School Breakfast Scorecard from the Food Research and Action Center ranked the Lone Star State eighth-best in the nation for the number of schools providing breakfast to low income students. Kathy Krey, director of the Texas Hunger Initiative at Baylor University, said it's important for students who participate in school lunch programs to be included in the breakfast program.  view article arw

A random act of kindness from a couple in the Pflugerville area triggered other people to pay it forward as well. Earlier this month, a couple walked into Pflugerville Independent School District’s Rowe Elementary School and offered to write a check to pay off all the students’ lunch balances. view article arw

Parents and teachers at an elementary school in Pflugerville are still in shock after a couple paid off lunch balances for their students. A couple walked into the front office with their checkbook in hand, and asked to speak to the school principal of 960 students. view article arw

Progress is underway to implement a ban on pre-K through second grade suspensions and discretionary removals, as evidenced by a presentation given Jan. 9 by district officials to the Austin ISD board of trustees. 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