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

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

As different variations of a national healthcare debate rages on, as local medical experts look at ways to treat and mitigate the instances of diabetes and obesity in our region, one surefire, cost effective solution always stands out: education. That’s why we believe another honor bestowed on the McAllen Independent School District is so significant. The school district recently learned that it had 18 schools listed among America’s Healthiest Schools — more than any school district in the state and the second highest in the country. view article arw

For years, Quinlan Independent School District’s campuses have offered summer feeding programs. The school district, though, serves students living in four cities (Quinlan, West Tawakoni, Hawk Cove and Union Valley) and parts of four counties (Hunt, Kaufman, Rockwall and Van Zandt), making those campuses too far to walk to for the students who needed the service most. view article arw

As part of News Channel 25's Back to School special, reporter Pattrik Simmons spent the morning with some of the lunchroom ladies at the West High/Middle School cafeteria. And at this cafeteria, it's all about cooking up the best for the community's best. "We are here to serve the kids, and that's our main focus, to get the kids fed and always be there for them," West ISD food service supervisor Cathy Gerik said. view article arw

Free and reduced-price meal benefits are available for children in Crosby ISD who meet certain income eligibility guidelines. Crosby ISD offers daily healthy meals to its students. The cost of breakfast is $1.55 and lunch prices range from $2.40 to $2.55. Students who qualify for the meal benefits program may be approved to receive free school meals, or reduced-price meals at $0.30 cents for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch. view article arw

Weatherford ISD announced its policy today for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the attached current income eligibility guidelines. Each school/site or the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone on request. view article arw

La Gloria ISD’s meal policy

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La Gloria Independent School District announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served depending on income eligibility. Starting on Friday, Aug. 25, La Gloria ISD will begin distributing letters to the households of the children in the district about eligibility benefits and any actions households need to take to apply for these benefits. view article arw

The Round Rock school district announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. Each school or central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party. view article arw

Students in the Buffalo school district won't have to take meal money to class this year. The district now has a way to provide breakfast and lunch at no cost. With the number of economically disadvantaged students growing, the district is eligible to participate in a program called the Community Eligibility Provision with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. view article arw

What started as a teacher’s small plot to give students a chance to explore science outside the classroom has turned into a 3-acre vision for Connally Independent School District students to address a food desert in their area, district officials said. Through a recent $20,000 grant and with the help of donors and volunteers, Connally Elementary School teachers and students will start the school year building a meditation and community garden behind the campus parking lot. view article arw

Wichita Falls ISD has announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children that meet current income eligibility guidelines.  Each campus and the central office will have a copy of this policy, which may be reviewed by anyone on request. Families should have received or will receive letters of the children in the district about eligibility benefits and any actions guardians need to take to apply for these benefits. view article arw

Clara Crawford tapped the horn three times. Seconds later, two young boys ran down the steps of their house, their mother waving goodbye from the porch. Each summer, most days of the week, the 86-year-old Crawford drives a 1995 Ford cargo van 35 miles to gather up about 20 hungry children in Fairview, an unincorporated community in Rusk County, and the neighboring city of Reklaw.  view article arw

Texas has more kids than ever who are eligible to receive free summer meals — so why is the state feeding fewer kids? No one can pinpoint the exact cause, but one possible reason is a lack of transportation. Here's what you need to know:  view article arw

When Evelyn Delgado saw a banner outside her daughter's Houston school advertising free breakfasts and lunches this June, she figured it was an opportunity to give her 7-year-old good food and a chance to get out of the house. Delgado used to work at a local Fiesta Mart and leave her two kids with a babysitter, before she realized that paying the sitter was eating up her paltry wages.  view article arw

Students returning to school in Conroe will see changes to their lunches and breakfasts, including new menu items and a slight price adjustment. The Conroe Independent School District this week rolled out its new policy for free and reduced-price meals and is mailing out letters to parents of children who are eligible for the benefits. The cost of a full price meal has increased 10 cents, bringing lunches up from $2.75 to $2.85 and breakfast up from $1.25 to $1.35, said Robyn Hughes, director of child nutrition. view article arw

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