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The Waco Independent School District is using a food truck to help serve more free meals to children through its summer meals program, with the possibility of expanding the use of the vehicle throughout the school year. Through Aug. 14, Waco ISD will serve free breakfast and lunch to any children under age 18 at various sites across the city. No meals will be served July 4. “We’re using it to give the kids a new experience,” district chef manager Julia Pennington said. “They’ve very excited about it. It’s something new and different that they haven’t seen.” view article arw

Without the benefit of a daily school lunch, families can struggle to keep their children fed during the summer. The Lamar County Homelessness Coalition, along with Paris ISD, is working to minimize that problem. At the coalition’s quarterly meeting Tuesday, Youth Committee head Denise Kornegay discussed plans to team up with Paris ISD to provide summer feeding for the area’s youth. Kornegay said that though the program is being headed by Paris ISD, it’s not just for Paris ISD students. She isn’t sure what meals will consist of, but she said they will be free. view article arw

Thanks to a new school lunch program, parents will not have to worry about sending lunch money with their kids to school. Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, Marshall ISD will be offering free breakfast and lunch to all students thanks to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Community Eligibility Program (CEP). view article arw

More than half of San Angelo ISD students receive free or reduced price meals during the school year. That means school lunches are a primary food source for many. "We have almost 60% of our students that are economically disadvantaged," said Michelle Helms, Director of Child Nutrition Services for the San Angelo Independent School District. Many San Angelo children rely on free or reduced lunches during the school year. view article arw

With summer break starting, some parents may be struggling to keep their kids fed during the week. Here is every school in and around San Angelo that is offering free meals: view article arw

Fort Worth ISD is offering free meals for children over the summer starting Wednesday. Children 18 years old or younger can receive free breakfasts and lunches on Mondays through Thursdays until June 27. The program is open to all children who would like a meal and doesn't require enrollment in any program. view article arw

School is out for the summer, but children in many areas of greater Houston will still be able to receive free meals. Food is something we often take for granted, but for some families, these summer meals are a lifeline. These summer feeding programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Even better, all meals are based on national nutrition standards for children to help them maintain a balanced diet. view article arw

Georgetown ISD students are out of school for the summer, but the district will continue to provide no-cost meals as part of the 2019 Seamless Summer Food Service Program. Children 18 years old and younger can receive free meals at the following locations: view article arw

McAllen I.S.D.’s Summer feeding program is underway and hopes to feed more children than last year. Now that school is out for summer, many students who rely on school not only for an education, but for a meal, won’t have to worry anymore. view article arw

The Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) child nutrition department, managed by Aramark, is partnering with various local community organizations to provide free summer meals for children in need. Realizing the challenge that many LISD students and children face every summer, the North Texas Hunger Council (NTHC) was established last summer to meet a growing need for meals for socioeconomically disadvantaged children during summer months. Students who would normally qualify for free or reduced meals during the school year, often go hungry due to limited daily access to square meals during the summer. As of May 2019, 38 percent of students within LISD qualify for a free or reduced lunch program. view article arw

For the first time, Huffman ISD is participating in the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Summer Feeding Program. It provides two meals per day for children on summer break as part of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program. Through the program, any child 18 years old or younger can get a free breakfast and lunch from June 3-July 3. view article arw

McAllen ISD in partnership with the city of McAllen and other local organizations coming together to promote their summer feeding program. The program will include 62 sites where children between the ages of 1-18 can receive a free breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Districts with more than 50 percent economically disadvantaged children must provide a program and all meals are reimbursed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. view article arw

Summer break has begun but some kids will still be stopping by CCISD schools, taking part in the district’s Seamless Summer Program. The Seamless Summer Program will be open for anyone from ages 1 to 18-years-old. Campuses taking part will offer children breakfast and lunch at no cost. view article arw

Tuesday kicked off the start of College Station ISD's Summer Food Program. Kids were enjoying the free lunches and breakfasts at the Lincoln Recreation Center. The summer food program is also offered at College Hills Elementary. Adults can also purchase a meal for $3.75 by just showing up. view article arw

It’s been a whirlwind week in Canaan, New Hampshire, with television cameras descending on the town of fewer than 4,000 after news of a cafeteria worker being fired for giving a student a free meal garnered national media attention. Bonnie Kimball claimed that she had lost her job when a supervisor caught her giving food worth $8 to a student whose account had no money. She received an outpouring of support after the story went viral, including a job offer from celebrity chef José Andrés, and the contractor that employed her offered to rehire her. view article arw

As teachers dismiss classes for the day and high school students flood the hallways, ready to go home, three juniors are set up in the cafeteria, prepared to serve food. The halls are buzzing with chatter as the Detroit-area students grab their bags and wrap up, but inside the school lunchroom, it’s fairly quiet. Those three 11th-graders, Anthony Mendoza, Aleksandra Kole and Jenna Chimenti, talk among themselves until they realize they should flag down some students themselves. An announcement blares over the loudspeaker, mentioning One More Meal -- the reason Mendoza, Kole and Chimenti are here -- but the cafeteria isn’t filling up as quickly as these student-volunteers would like. view article arw

What began as a school project for an Austin-area eighth grader has turned into an over $10,000 fundraising campaign to pay off school lunch debt. The St. Andrew’s Episcopal School student, Ben Hofer, said he became upset reading about lunch-shaming in Montana. view article arw

The Georgetown ISD board of trustees approved May 20 to increase elementary and secondary lunch costs by 10 cents in the 2019-20 school year. Elementary lunch will now cost $2.80, and secondary lunch will cost $3.05, up from $2.70 and $2.95 last year, respectively. Costs for elementary and secondary breakfasts will remain at $1.65 and $1.90, respectively. view article arw

The plight of a fired school cafeteria worker in New Hampshire has caught the attention of award-winning chef José Andrés. Bonnie Kimball was fired by a food supply vendor for Mascoma Valley Regional High School on March 28, a day after giving a free lunch to a student who couldn't pay. The company later offered to rehire Kimball but she declined . In the meantime, she has received an outpouring of support — from co-workers who quit in protest to strangers who have raised more than $5,000 on her behalf. view article arw

LUFKIN, Texas — Lufkin ISD will participate in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) next school year that will allow the district to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. Currently, the district offers free breakfast to all and free lunch to those who qualify.  Lufkin ISD administrators presented the initiative to the LISD Board of Trustees during a board work session on Tuesday.  view article arw

The city of Southlake is in the midst of developing a health and wellness master plan to organize, add or update the city’s policies, programs and recommendations specifically related to health and wellness. A town hall forum was held May 14 to engage community members. The health and wellness master plan is a new element of Southlake’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan, Southlake Principal Planner Jerod Potts said. A draft has been developed by city staff and the health and wellness committee, a City Council-appointed advisory body. view article arw

Lufkin ISD will participate in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) next school year that will allow the district to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. Currently, the district offers free breakfast to all and free lunch to those who qualify. Lufkin ISD administrators presented the initiative to the LISD Board of Trustees during a board work session on Tuesday. view article arw

Lufkin ISD announced Tuesday that it will be offering free breakfast and lunch for all students during the 2019-20 school year. “This will completely do away with meal charges,” Superintendent Lynn Torres said. “There will be no alternate lunches for students who forget to bring their lunch money.” This is a part of the Community Eligibility Provision out of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The CEP is available for districts who have an Identified Student Percentage of low-income students of at least 40% or more based on the number of categorically eligible students for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, homeless, foster and/or a state-sponsored pre-K program. view article arw

New resources for school administrators and nutrition officials.  With summer break almost here, Texas school administrators and nutrition directors are planning and strategizing the best ways to serve their students next school year. One of the ways districts with high-poverty schools can ensure that their most vulnerable students receive healthy meals is through the effective implementation of direct certification.  view article arw

A 14-year-old has pledged to eliminate the sizable lunch debt for a district of 129 schools in Texas. Ben Hofer, an eighth-grade student at St. Andrews Episcopal School, recently raised $8,000 for a project he's dubbed, "LunchCounts!" He plans on putting the money towards nearly $18,000 of school lunch debt in the Austin Independent School District (Austin ISD). view article arw

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD’s Summer Food Service Program will provide free breakfast and lunch to children age 18 and younger, according to a May 1 news release from the school district. The program will begin in June at Timberline Elementary School and Grapevine Middle School. Children do not need to live or attend schools in GCISD in order to benefit from the program, GCISD Communications Director Addison Elliott said. They will receive meals regardless of economic status. “Campuses are open to [the]public during established serving times,” Elliott said in an email. “We will feed all kids within those times from the first kid to the last kid.” view article arw

We're about a month away from the start of summer vacation for students in San Antonio. A local school district is planning ahead to help kids during the summer. The Southside Independent School District is launching a city-wide food drive to benefit many of the 6,000 children who live in the district. It runs now through May 17. view article arw

 Is white bread about to make a comeback on school lunch menus? After complaints of gritty macaroni and cardboard pizza crusts, the Trump administration rolled back a rule that required foods like pasta and bread be made with whole grains. The cafeteria directors who lobbied for the change say they just want greater flexibility to serve foods like white bread — which are more processed and have less fiber — when whole grains don't work. view article arw

The Donna school district topped the Texas School Food Rankings for providing daily meals to low-income students. Children At Risk, a nonprofit organization that informs the public on children’s health and education, provided the rankings. The organization analyzed data from the Texas Department of Agriculture to determine and weigh various aspects, according to Jenny Eyer, the organization’s director for Center for Child Health Research and Policy. Five other school districts from the Rio Grande Valley were also on the organization’s top 10 list. view article arw

TBM to feed children of Alto ISD

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TBM is stepping up to help feed the students of Alto Independent School district for the remainder of their school year due to extensive damage of the school’s cafeteria. TBM will set up a Field Kitchen and train the school’s kitchen staff how to use it. The setup and training will begin Tuesday morning, April 23. The Alto ISD staff should be ready to cook for students beginning Wednesday morning, April 24. view article arw

 Southside ISD is the one of 15 San Antonio school districts without a grocery store. Because of this, every peanut butter jar, can of beans, loaf of bread and water makes a difference. view article arw

Parents of Longview Independent School District elementary students can rest easy knowing their children will be fed at school, regardless of whether they remember to pack a lunch. Starting in August 2019, every Longview ISD elementary student will receive free breakfast and lunch from the cafeteria thanks to the federal Community Eligibility Provision [CEP] program. The LISD Board of Trustees approved the measure during Monday night's regular meeting. view article arw

On April 13, 2019, ACT will provide free breakfast before the ACT test to students at 11 test centers in Florida and two in Texas, launching the next phase of the nonprofit organization’s long-term initiative to help ensure that hunger does not affect its examinees. The expansion will reach roughly 1,000 students in Texas from Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District and more than 1,000 students in Florida across five different school districts including Bay District Schools, Clay County District Schools, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Orange County Public Schools, and Pinellas County Schools. Students taking the ACT at the 11 designated high schools in Florida and two high schools in Texas—Edinburg High School and Economedes High School—will receive a complimentary breakfast before the test. view article arw

Irving, Dallas, Garland, Crowley and Arlington all rank highly among Texas school districts when it comes to feeding students in need. That's according to a new list from the advocacy non-profit Children At Risk. They ranked districts across the state based on whether or not they're providing low-income students with breakfast, lunch and after-school meals. Jenny Eyer is the director of child health research and policy for the organization. She says there wasn't always a push from school districts to prioritize student nutrition. view article arw

Huntsville ISD students will have to pack a little more lunch money in the coming year. The school’s board of trustees unanimously voted on Tuesday to increase lunch prices by 10 cents at all levels. That brings prices to $2.30 for lunch in elementary and intermediate schools, and $2.70 at the middle and high school. The increase was prompted by state regulations, according to assistant superintendent for administration Kevin Stanford. view article arw