The Temple ISD school nutrition team works year-round to get fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables on the plates of thousands of students.  It's an initiative made possible through a partnership with the Texas Department of Agriculture's Farm Fresh program. The program strives to create a partnership between local farmers and ranchers and school districts for a farm to table experience for kids. view article arw

School cafeterias will now offer finger foods on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Flatware is in short supply due to supply chain delays.  DALLAS — Dallas Independent School District notified parents that it would be adjusting school cafeteria menu offerings, due to supply chain delays.  The school district published a tweet Tuesday saying:  “Due to the ongoing and severe disruptions in the food and non-food supply chains, Dallas ISD is implementing a program to reduce the use of flatware related items in schools.”  Dallas ISD announced school cafeterias will be offering finger foods on Tuesdays and Thursdays, since flatware is in such limited supply.  “A number of suppliers told us they have product, but it’s stuck in a port,” said Michael Rosenberger, the executive director of food and child nutrition services for Dallas ISD. view article arw

School lunch has a bad reputation. “There’s a perception that the food is not good and that it’s not cool to eat school lunch,” registered dietitian Brittany Garcia said. Garcia is the nutritional coordinator for the Flour Bluff Independent School District. She takes pictures of the school’s daily menu and posts them on social media. view article arw

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Tasting new food, good behavior, friendliness, caring, listening, manners and getting along with others are among the lessons child nutrition staff teach every day, according to Chef Helen Duran, who serves as the culinary trainer for the district. This is why cafeteria workers are an important part of the CISD great teaching core value, Duran said. view article arw

Families with students relying on free or reduced-cost meals at school can now receive a single payment of $375 as a part of a summer round of Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer food aid, which has previously provided single payments of up to $1,200 for eligible students. view article arw

Mesquite ISD will offer all students access to free breakfast and lunch every day during the 2021-22 academic year. Per guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in April 2021, schools are permitted to offer free meals to all students regardless of household income in the 2021-22 academic year. Extra food or beverage items outside the standard free meal will also be available for purchase, the district said. view article arw

Each student at Huntsville ISD will once again be given a free nutritious lunch each school day. Members of the district’s board of trustees unanimously voted Thursday to continue participation in the Seamless Summer Option through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services. The program allows schools to offer meals without determining eligibility based on the student’s household income. view article arw

Pearland Independent School District will offer healthy meals every school day to all students at no cost during the 2021-2022 academic year. Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently issued guidance that allows schools to offer free meals to all students for the coming school year. view article arw

School lunches in Pasadena ISD for the fall will once again include favorites that weren’t offered in the previous school year because of the pandemic — dishes such as chicken parmesan, spaghetti and meatballs and taco salads served in homemade taco shells. view article arw

Round Rock Independent School District (ISD) announced Wednesday it will continue to offer meals every school day to students at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year. Typically, the eligibility will depend on the student's household income in order to qualify for free or reduced-price meals, but this school year it's not required due to guidance issued by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) which allows schools to offer free meals to all students for this upcoming school year. view article arw

Ahead of the 2021-22 school year, Fort Bend ISD announced all students in the district will be able to eat breakfast and lunch at school at no cost. This is made possible due to a waiver extension from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that allows schools to serve free meals to all children. In a news release from April, the USDA said schools that choose this option will receive a higher-than-normal reimbursement for each meal, which will help them provide more nutritious meals. view article arw

Here is some good news for parents in Fort Bend ISD. The district will be offering free breakfast and lunch to all students for the entire school year. This is possible through an extended waiver by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. view article arw

Pearland ISD announced meals will be offered every school day to all students at no cost for the 2021-22 school year. view article arw

Tomball ISD will offer free meals for all students each school day for the upcoming 2021-22 academic year, the district announced in a release July 28. Instead of applying for the Free and Reduced-price Meal program, the district is asking families to complete a household income survey form to receive free meals. The district requires this to ensure educational funding continues, the release said. "[The] Tomball ISD Child Nutrition Department is extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to provide nutritious meals for each child and play an active role in their daily nutrition," the release said. view article arw

KILLEEN, Texas — The Killeen Independent School District will give free breakfast and lunch meals to all students in the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. Killeen ISD will join other school districts in the area, after announcing their decision in a Facebook post Tuesday along with other helpful information. Here is everything you need to know to get your kiddos ready for school this year. view article arw

Denton ISD will allow all enrolled students to eat for free through the 2021-22 school year. The district is able to do so through an extended U.S. Department of Agriculture waiver. Denton ISD made the announcement Monday afternoon. The USDA announced on April 20 that districts could take advantage of fully reimbursable meals through June 30, 2022. view article arw

SAN ANTONIO - Northside Independent School District announced on Thursday that they'll be offering healthy meals to students at no cost for the upcoming school year. Normally, a student's family would have to meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced priced meals, but that isn't the case this school year. The United States Department of Agriculture has allowed schools to offer meals to all students at no cost for the 2021-22 school year. view article arw

Abilene Independent School District students will be able to eat breakfast and lunch for free this upcoming school year. Superintendent David Young confirmed the district's participation in the Seamless Summer Meals Option program offered by the federal government, a school-year extension of the free food program that the district offers in the summer. It's a one-year program offered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Young said the district was satisfied with what it learned of the program, answering questions about data collection of other federal funding distribution based primarily on the levels of free or reduced-price lunch participants. view article arw

SAN ANTONIO – North East ISD will offer free, healthy meals this school year for all students in the district, regardless of financial status. In a news release, NEISD said “The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued guidance that allows schools to offer meals to all students at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year.” NEISD said the district applied for the waiver this year to provide free meals to their students. There is no application required or financial eligibility for students to receive free meals, NEISD said. view article arw

WACO, Texas — Editor's Note: The story above is from May 2021 La Vega ISD announced Monday that all students in the district will receive free meals for the 2021-2022 school year. "This new approach reduces burdens for both families and school administrators and helps ensure that students receive nutritious meals at no charge," said David Thiel, the Director of Child Nutrition for La Vega ISD. view article arw

Students at all Wylie ISD schools can look forward to free breakfast and lunch for the entirety of the 2021-22 school year thanks to a new program from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). “It’s in response to COVID-19 and some issues that folks have had financially,” says Wylie Superintendent Joey Light. view article arw

Free school meals will be available for students at El Paso Independent School District this upcoming school year. The school district announced Thursday that breakfast and lunch will be free through the 2021-2022 school year. The Biden Administration recently extended the universal free school meals program, regardless of income. view article arw

Garland ISD will offer all students access to free breakfast and lunch every school day during the 2021-22 academic year. Per guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in April 2021, schools are permitted to offer free meals to all students regardless of household income in the 2021-2022 academic year, according to a Garland ISD release. view article arw

Waco Independent School District families can now get reimbursed for money they spent feeding their children during remote-learning days during the COVID-19 pandemic, regardless of their income. A second round of Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) for the 2020-2021 school year has been approved, ensuring that families who are already signed up for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will get the additional funds automatically. view article arw

LOCKHART, Texas — Lockhart ISD will provide all school supplies for all students in the district for the 2021-22 school year, the district announced on Tuesday. The school district said all students from pre-K through 12th grade will be eligible. The “LockHeart for People” initiative was launched last year, and Lockhart ISD said it is pleased to do so again this year. view article arw

Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD announced its policy today that this school year, healthy meals will be offered every school day to all students at no cost. Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. However, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued guidance that allows schools to offer meals to all students at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year.  view article arw

All students in Richardson ISD — regardless of income level — will be eligible for free meals through the rest of the summer and the 2021-22 school year, under a new provision from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. But due to economic hardships brought on by the pandemic, those requirements are being temporarily waived, making every student eligible for free meals. view article arw

New Braunfels ISD and Comal ISD students can receive free healthy meals for the 2021-2022 school year due to a change in income eligibility requirements. A student’s household income usually must meet income eligibility requirements for free or reduced-price meals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture however is continuing reimbursing schools for free meals as part of extended waivers issued during the pandemic when campuses were closed. view article arw

Over at Brenham High School, local families can pick up free breakfast and lunch for their children that are 18 and under. These grab & go meals feature food items like cheese pizza, broccoli dippers with ranch, peach cups, and milk. At no cost to families, these meals are available to pick up from 11 A.M. to 12 P.M. in front of Brenham HS. view article arw

The La Porte ISD Nutrition Department has been honored with a Best of the Bunch award for its participation in the 2021 Spring Farm Fresh Challenge, sponsored by the Texas Department of Agriculture.   The challenge encourages schools to serve locally sourced food products to children. This is the third straight year that La Porte ISD participated in the statewide initiative by serving such items as locally grown spinach, rainbow carrots and sweet potatoes.   read more arw

The Brownwood ISD is participating in the Summer Feeding Program through Aug. 6. Meals are provided to all children age 18 and under at no charge and enrolled students up to age 21 with disabilities. 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