A pilot program at Socorro Independent School District gives students a free meal before heading home. The project, which started in September, is funded by USDA and is taking places at several schools within the district. According to a spokesperson with SISD, the schools have served more than 110,000 meals since they started last summer.    view article arw

Starting next school year, San Marcos CISD will be offering qualifying students free meals without requiring parents to fill out an application to see if they qualify.  On Monday, trustees voted to approve the Community Eligibility Provision program, a federally-funded free breakfast and lunch program for school districts in low-income areas.  One benefit of the CEP, according to Director of Child Nutrition Services Mike Boone, is that it does not require a household application to determine whether a student can receive a free or reduced lunch. Instead, it automatically gathers data on families who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits, or Medicaid, as well as students who are identified as homeless, runaway, or migrant or are in the foster care system. view article arw

Hays CISD parents may see another price increase as the the Hays CISD board of trustees considers raising the price of a cafeteria lunch meal by 10 cents. During Monday’s trustee meeting, Chief Financial Officer Annette Folmar said to receive federally funded free and reduced lunches, the district must increase meal prices if the price charged for the meal is less than the difference between the price paid per meal by federal government rates for free and paid meals. view article arw

To give students another fun option for lunch, Leander Independent School District rolled out a food trailer that travels among the campuses. The trailer started serving up meals April 10, kicking off with fresh grilled bacon cheeseburgers at Glenn High School. The trailer stays put at high schools in the district for a set period of time and then moves on to others. It'll be at Glenn High School for another week, before heading to Rouse High School. view article arw

Don’t skip the most important meal of the day  Breakfast is very important Nutritionists suggest high-protein foods like lean meat, eggs, low-sugar yogurt, slow-releasing energy carbs like oats and quinoa and healthy fats like nuts.  view article arw

Joel Philistin, a financial coach at Houston Community College, has had students come to his office hungry. Not on-a-diet hungry, or only-eating-ramen-noodles hungry. But so hungry they can’t concentrate in class. Hungry enough that Philistin, whose job is somewhere between a financial literacy coach and a social worker, will peel bills out of his own wallet and tell the student to go buy a meal. “I experienced this in college,” Philistin said, “but not to this extent.” view article arw

North Texas school districts are responsible for feeding hundreds of thousands of students every day, but sometimes the cafeteria may miss the mark. Frustrated Everman High School parent Rachel Polk reached out to NBC 5 with concerns about a number of school lunches at the school. “These are high school kids that receive this crap for lunch and they are NOT allowed to leave campus for lunch,” Polk said. view article arw

It is tough enough being the new kid on campus, but imagine your first day in a new school and you find out some life-altering news. That was the reality for the Miller family and their son. Dallas Miller and his family just recently moved from Nebraska to the High Plains. He started going to Claude High School as a transfer student but has only been to class once.  view article arw

David Prince begrudgingly removed his apron and chef’s hat, sighing as he prepared to return to class. “That was super fun,” he exclaimed. view article arw

The Midland Independent School District school board met for their monthly meeting on March 26 with some important items on the agenda. These items included discussing more on the possibility of modifying school boundaries for some secondary schools. view article arw

A new nonprofit is hoping to double participation rates in the free breakfast program by urging schools to offer the meal after school starts and not just before the first bell rings, The Salt Lake Tribune reported . Only about four out of 10 low-income Utah students eat the free breakfasts offered at public schools, the lowest rate in the country. Utah schools are leaving untouched more than $13 million in allocated federal funding for subsidized meals, Marti Woolford estimates. Woolford's nonprofit, Utahns Against Hunger, hopes to raise the state's participation rate to 70 percent, a difference of about 45,000 children. view article arw

Seven fifth-graders. Four types of chicken. One well-received doughnut. No, it's not a setup to a joke. It's how a lucky group of Stephens Elementary School students spent their Friday afternoon. The kids were recruited to taste-test new food items that Denton ISD plans to implement into next year's breakfast and lunch menus. Representatives from the district's child nutrition department and food distributors were on hand to gauge the kids' reactions, which ranged anywhere from a thumbs-up to a gap-toothed grin. view article arw

4.3 million Texans are food insecure, including 1 in 4 children, but there is progress. The Texas Hunger Initiative released a report card on school breakfast in our state, revealing more students have received the most important meal of the day. It states Texas is ranked 10th of of the country in participation. Andy black with the Texas Hunger Initiative credits the legislature. In 2013, lawmakers passed SB 376. It requires any school to provide free breakfast if 80 percent of it's students qualify for free or reduced meals. view article arw

In hopes of encouraging more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available for school breakfast, San Benito schools recently celebrated National School Breakfast Week. This year’s National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) campaign theme, “Dive into a Healthy Breakfast,” reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students. view article arw

Texas has become a national leader in school breakfast participation, moving up to 10th in the state rankings, thanks in part to the passage in 2013 of Texas Senate Bill 376—the “Universal Breakfast Bill.” That’s one finding from the Texas School Breakfast Report Card produced by Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative. view article arw

Providing students with a nutritious lunch is something school districts strive to do. One national department wants to give districts the ability to provide those meals easier.   The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced new efforts to provide states and school districts with additional flexibility and support to operate more efficient school meal programs. Several local school district officials said the program could be beneficial for them.  view article arw

There is a fresh reminder, today, that hunger never takes a holiday. Although DISD is on spring break this week, staffers will provide activities and free, hot meals through Thursday at 25 schools around the district. The reason is both obvious and perhaps hard to hear. view article arw

Northside ISD is offering free breakfast and lunch to its area students over Spring Break. The Spring Break Feeding Program, one of only a handful of its kind, will help to address children's nutritional needs by opening two campus cafeterias during Spring Break March 12-16, a press release said. view article arw

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller recognized Magnolia ISD with a Best of the Bunch Award for its achievement in the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) 2017 Local Products Challenge. Every October, the Local Products Challenge encourages school nutrition teams to incorporate more Texas products into the meals and teach children about healthy lifestyles and Texas agriculture. Magnolia ISD earned the award by meeting the highest standards of the challenge. “Schools in the Local Products Challenge demonstrate a real commitment to combining nutrition education with support for their local economies and Texas’ bountiful agriculture industry,” Commissioner Miller said.  view article arw

Rockwall ISD’s Board of Trustees announced a new Parent Leadership Academy, set to begin next week, and approved large-scale improvements to wireless networks at the middle and elementary schools at Monday night’s regular monthly board meeting, among other items. Superintendent John “J.J.” Villarreal announced the new academy, one of the results of Rockwall ISD’s ongoing strategic planning efforts. view article arw

Lewisville ISD’s (LISD) Child Nutrition Department has been recognized by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller for its participation in the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) 2017 Local Products Challenge. The challenge encourages school nutrition teams to incorporate more Texas products into school meals, as well as teach students about healthy lifestyles and Texas agriculture. view article arw

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

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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

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

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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