A local school district’s nutrition director was recognized and honored with the Director of Year Award for the state of Texas Melissa Bryan, Copperas Cove ISD Child Nutrition Director was recognized for the exemplary contributions they have made throughout their school nutrition career. She was recognized at the National School Nutrition Association Conference in Atlanta, according to the school district. view article arw

The Amarillo Independent School District earlier this month announced its policy for providing reduced-priced meals for children under the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs.A copy of the policy may be reviewed by any interested party at the Food Service Office room 223 in the Amarillo ISD building at 7200 I-40 West. view article arw

Mesquite ISD announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price mealsfor children served under the current Federal income eligibility guidelines. Each school and the Food & Nutrition Services office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone on request. view article arw

Starting next week, Waco ISD Child Nutrition Services will start sending out letters to the household of children who are eligible for free and reduced lunch and the school district is urging parents to pay attention. In 2016, Waco ISD served more than 1.7 million free meals and another 140,000 reduced fee meals. The district said no child learning should suffer because they are hungry and they are encouraging families to take action to apply for these benefits. view article arw

When New Mexico state Sen. Michael Padilla was a child, he says he mopped the cafeteria floors to earn his school lunch, and he befriended the cafeteria workers so he wouldn't have to go hungry.  "I grew up in foster homes, multiple foster homes," the Democratic lawmaker tells NPR's Rachel Martin. "It's very obvious who the poor kids are in the school." view article arw

Bullard Independent School District students without lunch money will no longer have to eat a different lunch than their peers thanks to a new district policy adopted at the regular scheduled school board meeting, held Monday, June 12, inside the Bullard ISD Administration Building’s Board Room. During the meeting, the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new lunch charging policy for all Bullard ISD cafeterias, allowing students to have a grace period when occurring a negative account balance, all the while having the opportunity to enjoy the regular lunch offered to other students. view article arw

Sherman Independent School District elementary students will have the option to try fresh fruits and vegetables free of charge each week during the 2017-2018 school year. The offerings stem from the participation of Sherman ISD and Aramark, the district’s contracted food service provider, in the national Try-Day Friday program, which was developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is meant to introduce students to new and healthy food options. view article arw

When Rep. Diego Bernal visited school campuses across his district, he heard a story that shook him to his core. The topic was hunger, and the story was this one: “I didn’t always know what to do with the hungry students who came to see me later in the day because we’re not allowed to give them cafeteria food after the lunch period. There was one young man who came to see me more than a few times a week, so with him, I took to us walking back and forth between the main campus and one of the portables in the back. There was a pecan tree there, so we’d walk back and forth and stop so he could pick and eat a few until he felt better.” view article arw

The Jacksonville ISD Board of Trustees will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the JISD Administration Building, 800 College Ave. Trustees will consider adopting a local policy update, and Superintendent Chad Kelly will give a presentation about what areas will be affected by the updates. An Interlocal Agreement with Region 10 ESC for the 2017-18 Multi-Regional Child Nutrition Cooperative Purchasing Program will be considered for approval, along with a resolution regarding EDGAR Purchasing Grace Period to implement EDGAR 2 CFR 200. view article arw

The cost of paid school lunches will increase 10 cents for the 2017-18 school year, while the cost of breakfast will go up 25 cents. School board trustees voting to increase school lunch prices on Tuesday, to comply with a Texas Department of Agriculturemandate on equity in school lunch pricing. According to district officials, lunch prices are calculated in accordance with the Section 15 of TDA Administrative Regulations Manual for Food Service. The increase means that beginning this fall, the cost of a full-price student lunch will increase from the current $1.80 to $1.90, while the cost for a full-price breakfast goes from 75 cents to $1. There will be no change to the cost of reduced-price lunches, 40 cents, or free lunches. view article arw

Childhood obesity could add billions to health care costs as the current generation of children becomes adults, but Harris County officials and Cy-Fair ISD are making efforts to reduce the number of cases in the area. In Harris County, 47 percent of children were classified as overweight or obese in 2012, according to Growing Up in Houston, a study conducted by the United Way. The figure has prompted local entities to promote healthy eating and more active lifestyles at an early age in recent years as well as lobbying for legislation to combat high obesity rates. view article arw

The need to feed hungry kids doesn’t end when school lets out for summer break. The Harlandale School District is doing its part to help by providing meals for their community during the summer months. During these past few weeks, David Nava has been bringing his grandchildren, Cason and Carly, to school for free hot meals. view article arw

Summer is a time to be carefree, to enjoy time in the sun, vacations and longer days, but for some it can bring about concerns over where they’ll get their next meal. For students who receive free or reduced-priced lunch in school, the Lake Dallas ISD is providing healthy, free meals during the summer at Lake Dallas Elementary, 401 Main St. The program runs now through July 6, serving breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “It’s important to ensure that kids have healthy meals in the summer,” said Melaynee Broadstreet, LDISD, director of public information and community relations. view article arw

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD is continuing to offer its Summer Meals Program, helping feed thousands of children 18 years and younger at more than 59 school and community sites throughout the summer. The Summer Meals Program, in partnership with the Texas Department of Agricultural Commission (TDA), ensures all children have a healthy breakfast and lunch during the summer months when most are out of school. Currently, meals are available at most PSJA elementary, middle school and high schools that host summer school programs and additional locations throughout the community. view article arw

With school out for the summer, I have resigned myself to the fact that the education beat will dry up from time to time over the next few months. Sure there are still the important school board meetings and the like, but the students and teachers are largely gone and so too are many of their stories. But when I heard about some of the summer programs offered by area school districts, I found some little but lovely stories to help fill my news week. view article arw

The Denison Independent School District will work to keep the hungers of young people at bay while school is out through the roll out of its Summer Food Service Program. The program, a joint venture between Denison ISD and its contracted food-service provider Aramark, began last week and will run throughout much of July at a majority of distribution locations. Multiple partners, including the Denison Housing Authority and Waples Memorial United Methodist Church, will hand out breakfasts and or lunches at their campuses. Meals will also be provided at a number of Denison ISD schools. view article arw

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD is continuing to offer its Summer Meals Program, helping feed thousands of children 18 years and younger at more than 59 school and community sites throughout the summer. The Summer Meals Program, in partnership with the Texas Department of Agricultural Commission (TDA), ensures all children have a healthy breakfast and lunch during the summer months when most are out of school. Currently, meals are available at most PSJA elementary, middle school and high schools that host summer school programs and additional locations throughout the community. This is the second year PSJA ISD also offers “Meals on the Go” by having two school buses deliver lunch and supper meals to about 18 community locations daily. view article arw

For more than a decade, standardized-test scores have been the dominant metric for measuring what public-school students know and are able to do. No Child Left Behind, the sweeping federal education law enacted in 2002, ushered in a new era of student testing and school compliance. And in the years that followed—to meet targets and avoid sanctions—education leaders at the local and state levels have sought a variety of ways to boost students’ performance on tests, including extending the school day and giving bonus pay to teachers based on students’ test scores. Even less conventional methods, such as banning cell phones and offering yoga-like exercises, emerged as school administrators pursued the holy grail of high standardized-test scores. view article arw

Healthy free meals to ensure kids don’t go hungry this summer will be offered again by El Campo ISD through Aug. 10The program began on Tuesday and is held at Northside Elementary, 2610 Meadow Lane. Breakfast is served 7:30 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. view article arw

From checkerboard floors to chrome-plated chairs, a school cafeteria in Cleburne has been transformed into a 1950s style diner for summer. "They don't know the 50s, but it's just a fun bright place," said Kim Chance, child nutrition director for Cleburne ISD. view article arw

Sher Blanco immediately noticed something was wrong when her daughter Bella got in the car after school recently. After asking what was wrong, the 7-year-old recounted everything, starting with how she and her friend at school had ordered their lunch together. Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, fruit and chocolate milk filled both trays at Blanton Elementary. view article arw

School may be out, but the kitchen at many area campuses will still be open. On Monday, several school districts in our area are starting their summer food programs to help make sure children don't go hungry. view article arw

Seven-year-old Sophia Daniels struggled with chop- sticks as she tried to pick up a piece of tangerine chicken. But she was not giving up. The Martin Walker Elementary School second-grader skewered the piece of meat with the stick, ultimately bringing it to her mouth and achieving the goal of tasting the Asian cuisine. view article arw

It will look like a scene from the TV classic “Happy Days” at CISD’s Child Nutrition Department building this summer. On Monday, a ’50s-style diner will open up inside the building where any school-age child can come to eat lunch, said Kim Chance, CISD Child Nutrition Department director. view article arw

Harris County officials and local school districts are working to reduce childhood obesity—a condition that could add billions to health care costs and affect the health of this generation of children as they become adults. view article arw

Round Rock and Pflugerville ISDs are participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture summer meals program. Each district is offering youths age 18 and younger the opportunity to eat free on campus. Those eating free do not need to be registered with the district or in a summer program or show proof of age, residence or income. Visitors will be asked to sign in at the school’s front check-in desk. view article arw

Copperas Cove ISD is allowing its students to choose the food that would be served at the district's cafeteria for the upcoming school year. The students choose the food through taste testing. CCISD Child Nutrition Director Melissa Bryan said it is important for students to have an active role in choosing the menu items that they will eat. view article arw

The Texas Hunger Initiative and Grape Creek ISD hosted a kickoff of the Free Summer Meals program for kids and teens in Grape Creek. The event will help connect more area kids and teens to health and nutrition resources by raising awareness about the free Summer Meals program. GCISD is expanding their meal sites this summer beyond the Elementary School to include a site at Grape Creek High School. view article arw

Leander ISD is partnering with the Texas Department of Agriculture to sponsor a summer food program to provide free meals for children age 18 and younger. All children can eat a free breakfast and lunch. Children are not required to attend LISD. Parents do not need to apply to the program. Adults over age 18 may purchase breakfast for $2 and lunch for $3 at all summer feeding sites. view article arw

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