Last Thursday, the Board voted to approve a four-year, $8 million contract between Houston ISD and Domino's that will bring "Smart Slice" pizza to our school cafeterias. I wasn't at the meeting, but a parent in attendance suggested I might want to look at the video footage of your deliberations. Having done so, I now feel the need to correct several misrepresentations and other troubling statements made last week by Mr. Brian Busby, HISD's Chief Operating Officer, as well as one misrepresentation by Interim Superintendent Dr. Lathan. view article arw

As Austin Independent School District students head back to class, they will also have a new lunch menu this year. New foods from different parts of the world will be offered, including Jamaican meat pies, Yuca fries and plantains. The district said the additions highlight a diverse student body.. in which more than 90 languages are spoken. Superintendent Paul Cruz visited the Harris Elementary cafeteria this morning to try some of the new items. view article arw

First, Houston ISD announces it will offer breakfast lunch and dinner to every student free of charge. Now, Fort Bend ISD is encouraging families to apply for free and reduced meals. Certainly, there are some families in need, especially following Hurricane Harvey. The Heritage Foundation senior policy analyst Jonathan Butcher said public schools don't exist to feed students, they're goal is to provide an education and prepare them for the next grade. view article arw

Fort Bend ISD’s Child Nutrition Department is encouraging families to apply for the Free and Reduced Meal Program for the 2018-19 school year. Applications are available online at www.fortbendisd.heartlandapps.com, and can be accessed through any device with Internet access. The District’s households will receive a letter about eligibility benefits and how to apply. view article arw

Weatherford ISD announced its policyfor 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. The district began distributing letters Aug. 1 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

All students in Houston ISD can receive up to three free meals per school day in 2018-19, the second straight year that families will not have to pay for breakfast, lunch or dinner, district officials announced Monday. All of HISD’s 280-plus schools now qualify under a U.S. Department of Agriculture program designed to provide free meals to districts and campuses in low-income areas, district officials said. About 190 campuses qualified last year, but the district received additional waivers and support tied to Hurricane Harvey to ensure students received three free meals all year. view article arw

This upcoming school year Wichita Falls ISD students will not only get two but three hot meals a day. This comes after the school district decided to expand their feeding program to ensure every kid has something to eat after school. "Kids have after-school activities," said Caroline Gellner, a mother of three. "Whether it's sports, tutoring, if they are involved in art programs, they are kept after school now more and more for different activities." view article arw

Humble ISD is transitioning to a completely digital process when it comes to applying for free and reduced-priced meals for the 2018-2019 school year. This service offers free or reduce-priced meals to students who qualify as per the National School Lunch Program. view article arw

Spring Independent School District will be able to serve free meals at 31 schools this year after an expansion of a program that makes the free meals possible. Through the Community Eligibility Provision, which last year operated at only six schools in the district, the 31 schools will serve free breakfast and lunch meals to students regardless of income. view article arw

Bryan school board members unanimously approved a meal charge policy for the 2018-2019 school year, limiting entrée choices for students who reach a set negative balance.  Those limits are set at two days of breakfast and two days of lunch, which equals negative $8 at the elementary level and negative $8.50 at the secondary level.  For students who qualify for reduced lunches, the meal charge limit is a negative $1.40. view article arw

The La Vega Independent School District announced Wednesday it would continue to offer free breakfast and lunch for all students, regardless of income, under a new federal program. La Vega ISD Director of Child Nutrition Dave Thiel said the district qualified for the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) for the 2018-2019 school year. Thiel said the district operated as a provision two school the past four years which is a USDA program that also offers free meals for every student. view article arw

Students at seven Brazosport ISD campuses will have the opportunity to enjoy free breakfast and lunch throughout the school year. The qualifying schools, which include Freeport and Velasco elementary schools, Lanier Middle School, Freeport Intermediate, Lighthouse Learning Center, Brazos Success Academy and Brazosport High School, will receive funding for free meals through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision program. “Families will greatly benefit from this program,” said Rachel Arthur, Brazosport ISD director of child nutrition, Monday at the board of trustees meeting. view article arw

As Katy Independent School District continues to grow and flourish, the Nutrition and Food Services Department is expanding its program to meet the needs of Katy students. “The school district’s enrollment is currently at just over 77,000 students. And I just learned on July 16 that we are expected to reach 80,000 students when classes start in August,” said Katy ISD Media Relations Manager Maria DiPetta. All nutrition guidelines are set on a national level through the United States Department of Agriculture and on a state level through the Texas Department of Agriculture, but districts have autonomy in how they choose to appropriate those guidelines into programs. view article arw

The Abilene Independent School District has a big chunk of cash sitting in its school lunch accounts, but how did that money get there and what do they do with those funds? Through an open records request, KTXS News learned that Abilene ISD ended the 2017-2018 academic year in May with $64,935 in its school lunch accounts. The director of the student nutrition department at Abilene ISD, Jay Towell, said that the money is the balance of what parents deposited into their kids' accounts. view article arw

Galveston ISD will provide free breakfast and lunch to all children in the district for the 2018-2019 school year. This expands a policy that normally only provides free and reduced-cost meals based on a family's income. The district change eliminates the need for free and reduced-price meal applications and collecting payment for basic student meals. view article arw

In a city with James Beard Award-nominated restaurants Mixtli and Cured, Culinary Institute of America Chef Justin Ward wants San Antonio school cafeterias to step up their culinary game. Reflecting on the cafeteria food of his past and the lunch lines of San Antonio Independent School District’s present – a typical week’s menu includes mini corndogs, cheeseburgers, burritos, turkey and cheese sandwiches, and fish nuggets with various sides – Ward thinks schools can do better and should reinvent their menus. view article arw

Rachel Harrington wants her children to have nutritious packed lunches to enjoy at school but she gets frustrated trying to create them. "Making lunches for my kids is one of my least favorite activities. I'd like to do it the night before, but that never happens," said the mother of two. "There are a lot of complaints." view article arw

School might be out for the summer, but kids in seven Angleton neighborhoods are still clamoring to get on the bus each week. Why? School lunches provided at no cost as part of Angleton ISD’s Fueled for the Summer nutrition program. This year is the first the district took its summer lunch program on the road. It already provides free lunches at Angleton Junior High School and Angleton High School to coincide with summer school classes. In June, nutrition specialists decided to roll out as well, loading up a bus to bring meals directly to where children live. view article arw

The Summer Nutrition Programs are serving free meals to children 18 years and younger at several schools in Lewisville ISD throughout the summer. Meals are first come, first serve, and the children do not have to be a student of Lewisville ISD to receive a free meal. The meals will be served Monday-Friday during the following scheduled times: view article arw

Summer for students means no more classes and free time to soak in the sun and hang out with friends, but for many kids it also means they may not get three square meals every day. About 63 percent of Garland ISD students are on free or reduced lunch. view article arw

AUSTIN -- The Texas Department of Agriculture hopes to continue expanding its Farm Fresh initiative, bringing locally sourced food to school meals, an area highlighted at the 2-day Business of Numbers and Nutrition Conference in Austin.  "We now have over 1.7 million school kids getting fresh, locally produced fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy, so we thought we'd bring all of our partners together in a collaboration," Commissioner Sid Miller said.  Producers met with nutritionists from across the state to learn about ways to provide students with more locally grown food. Dani Sheffield, executive director of child nutrition services at Aldine ISD, said her district educates the community on its efforts. view article arw

The district will provide breakfast and lunch to the students at no charge, which is being made possible through the Department of Agriculture's Community Eligibility Provision, according to district officials. view article arw

Thanks to a federal student nutrition program, next school year all City View ISD students will get to eat lunch for free. For many like Kayla Barboza, a mother of three, this has her excited because school lunch was starting to get a little pricey. "I was trying to decide if it was cheaper to send their lunch or let them buy their lunch and it really evened out so I wasn't saving money really," Barboza said. view article arw

The Killeen Independent School District will do their part to keep area children from going hungry this summer while regular classes are out. Starting June 6 and lasting through August 10, KISD will serve about 3,200 free breakfasts and lunches a day to children at sites all over the school district. This comes as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Feeding Program. view article arw

Hunger doesn’t end just because school does. Austin ISD is out for the summer but will still provide meals to kids through their Summer Food Service Program. More than 40 AISD schools will be open to serve free breakfast and lunch to local children and teenagers 18 and younger. The meals will be available to all kids whether or not they attend school in the district. AISD says no registration or identification will be required. view article arw

School might be out, but Temple and other school districts have stepped up their game, all to make sure kids who depend on school meals have enough to eat this Summer. Temple ISD is making a push to feed more kids for Free this summer than ever before. In 2017, there were five locations that provided free breakfast and lunch. This year, there are nine across the city. view article arw

Food insecurity is quickly becoming a problem everywhere. Amanda Calk with Lufkin ISD's student nutrition office says one in four children do not know when, or if, their next meal is coming and when school lets out, the problem worsens. Thankfully Lufkin ISD's summer feeding program is here to help. view article arw

The Edgewood Independent School District will continue its free meal program this summer for students who depend on receiving free breakfast and lunch throughout the school year. The meals are free for anyone 18 years old or younger. view article arw

Waco ISD kicked off its free summer lunch program on Monday. According to Waco ISD, 34 percent of students who live in the district face childhood poverty. There are several sites within the district where kids who are 18 and under can drop by and get a free summer lunch. view article arw

The Southwest Independent School District said it is participating in the summer food service program for 2018. Nutritious meals will be provided to all children who are 18 years old and younger, the district said. Judson ISD participates in summer food service program The district said the program is free of charge and is the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. view article arw

As schools release students for the summer, Austin ISD announced it would offer free breakfast and lunch for anyone under 18 years old. view article arw

Children in Houston will be able to eat breakfast and lunch for free at nearly 200 locations this summer, thanks to Houston ISD's Summer Meals Program. The program began on Monday and will run through Aug. 2. Those between the ages of 1 and 18 do not need to be enrolled in a summer school program to qualify for meals, and no paperwork, registration or proof of income is required. view article arw

The Summer Food Service Program will provide free summer meals at Judson Independent School District schools to anyone under the age of 18. view article arw

Longview ISD served about 80,000 meals last summer, but the district’s child nutrition director wants to serve more this year. The district served 11,400 breakfasts and 15,600 lunches in June 2017, Phyllis Dozier said. Across Texas, more than 18 million meals were served in summer 2017, according to Texas Department of Agriculture data. While school districts across East Texas are gearing up for the state’s annual summer feeding program that offers free meals to children ages 1 to 18, Longview ISD’s child nutrition department hopes for a larger turnout this year. view article arw

Houston County school district, Grapeland ISD, will serve summer meals to their students for free Mondays through Thursdays in June. According to a post on their Facebook page, all students are welcome to have breakfast and lunch at Grapeland Elementary School. view article arw