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Officials with Spring ISD have announced a free summer meals program at 10 of its campuses. Children up to the age of 18 who live in the Spring area will have access to free breakfast and lunch through the Spring Independent School District’s Summer Feeding Program. Children aged 18 and under are eligible and do not have to be enrolled in summer school or show proof of income to receive free meals at the participating schools. view article arw

The Waco Independent School District “Seamless Summer Option 2023 Summer Feeding Program,” which provides free meals to all children, launched Tuesday, May 30 and will run through Aug. 9. Tuesday marked day one of the free summer meal service, and it’s already off to a busy start, according to a Waco ISD official. “We usually prepare for about 100 meals on our food trucks, and we served 100 meals off of this food truck today,” Sarah Hoode, a specialist for Waco ISD Child nutrition services, told KWTX. view article arw

With students heading into summer, Lubbock ISD is making sure that they will still have access to free meals like they do during the school year. Lori Johnson, director of nutrition services at Lubbock ISD, says Lubbock has a 24 percent food insecurity rate. “A lot of students require the meals in school on a daily basis and that need doesn’t really change when we move into the summer months,” Johnson said. view article arw

The Pflugerville Independent School District will be offering meals to children throughout the summer break. PfISD announced this week that it will offer open community lunch to children this summer through the USDA summer meals program. Many children receive free and reduced-price meals at school, which can mean they go hungry in the summer, PfISD said. view article arw

WASHINGTON—Chocolate milk, long a school-cafeteria mainstay, could be coming off the menu.  Concerned about the amount of added sugars children are consuming, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering a ban on flavored milk— including chocolate, strawberry and other varieties—in elementary and middle schools when it adopts new standards for school meals. view article arw

A new statewide ranking of school districts doing a good job of providing nutritious meals to students has been released, and two Houston-area districts have come out on top. According to the list from nonprofit research organization, Children at Risk, Aldine ISD and Houston ISD placed first and second, respectively, in terms of districts with more than 50,000 students in the state. view article arw

Whitewright ISD has been able to pay off the outstanding balances on all student lunch accounts from community donations. Whitewright ISD Child Nutrition Director, Donna Lucas, said at the beginning of April, the district’s former Elementary Cafeteria Manager, Rita Ballard, passed away. Ballard’s classmates created a fundraiser in her name to continue taking care of her students, naming it “Mrs. Rita’s Angel Lunch Program”. view article arw

A parent claims a school in North Texas served molded food to her daughter during lunch period last week. Keandrae Banks said her daughter sent a photo of the lunch items she received at Byrd Middle School in Duncanville ISD on Friday, April 28. The woman said the photo included a cup of sliced pears and a partially eaten slice of pizza. She claims she got angry when she took a close look at the pizza crust. view article arw

Covenant Presbyterian Church has made it possible for all students to have school lunches at Austin ISD for the remainder of the 2022-23 school year. The church is paying just over $14,000 to erase all AISD student lunch debt throughout the district. An additional $10,000 has been applied to cover future lunch debt. view article arw

An outdated layout design at the Lufkin High School’s cafeteria serving lines is causing disruption and shortening students’ lunch period. “How can we design this space to be the most efficient where we get kids in, and get them fed, and taken care of,” said Lufkin ISD nutrition services director Amanda Calk. She first brought the cafeteria’s need for renovations to the school board in 2019. Calk says the current serving line layout was designed to feed 800 students during the ‘90s. Today, they are serving 1,200 students a day. view article arw

With a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Frisco ISD will continue to offer free meals to students in Frisco through July 22. Any Frisco student, including those enrolled in charter, private and homeschool, is eligible to receive five days of breakfast and lunch each week. Advanced registration is required. view article arw

Curbside meals will resume Wednesday, January 20. Meals will not be served on Monday, January 18 due to the holiday. Free school meals for ALL Humble ISD students extended through May 28, 2021 All Humble ISD students, regardless of meal eligibility (free, reduced, or full paid), will continue to receive one breakfast meal and one lunch meal per school day at NO COST for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. view article arw

Beginning Dec. 7, Fort Bend ISD will provide grab-and-go meals for students two days a week instead of daily, according to a Dec. 1 press release from the district. FBISD will also begin offering dinner meals for pickup. On Mondays, families will be able to pick up breakfast, lunch and dinner for Monday through Wednesday, and on Thursdays, meals will be available for Thursday through Saturday. view article arw

Beginning June 3, Curbside Grab and Go meal service will continue under the National School Meal Program through July 28. At the specified locations, distribution of five breakfast and five lunches is available to any child age 18 or younger every Wednesday. NO applications are needed for summer meals but the child must be present. view article arw

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Starting April 6, students at the Amarillo Independent School District will have new options when it comes to meal and internet service. According to a release issued Friday, the district will now hand out breakfast and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., replacing the prior 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. breakfast pickup. 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