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

Remember when paying off school lunches became something of a viral form of activism last year? Students who can’t pay for their lunch has always been an issue, but it’s on Americans’ minds as school funding and other assistance programs are cut. In the Austin school district alone, the nutrition and food services department serves 80,000 meals per day, including about 700 meals that the students receiving them can’t pay for. view article arw

The holiday season can be tough on families trying to make ends meet, but local middle schoolers are making sure no one is struggling to get food on the table this holiday season. Zachry Middle School is a 71 percent title 1 campus and they offer free meals during the day to students who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford the meals. "This helps every single family, that little bit between paychecks to make the holidays just that much brighter," Zachry Middle School Principal Susan Allain said. 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