Program: CBS 11 News EveningCategories: Food & Drink, News, Local News, KTVTTV, Top Story Lunch is going to look and taste very different for Fort Worth ISD students who get ready to return to school on Monday. view article arw

Austin Independent School District recently announced it will increase the number of campuses participating in providing free breakfasts and lunches from 43 to 82. The program is made possible through the Community Eligibility Provision, a federally funded meal program offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. view article arw

Keene ISD students will have new, healthier meal options that won’t cost them a dime this school year. Starting this fall, the district qualifies for federal funds through the Community Eligibility Provision program, which provide free meals to all students. “It’s going to make such a big difference in our families,” said Ricky Stephens, Keene ISD superintendent. view article arw

 Cedar Hill ISD has announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the attached current income eligibility guidelines. view article arw

Last school year, the Bastrop school district rolled out a Breakfast in the Classroom pilot program to three elementary schools. The program was such a hit, school officials said, that they’re expanding it to five additional campuses for the 2019-20 school year. It began last year with the three elementary schools with the highest number of students eligible for reduced-price lunches — Cedar Creek Elementary, Lost Pines Elementary and Red Rock Elementary. This week, the school district announced that it will be expanding the program to another 4,000 students at Mina, Emile and Bluebonnet elementary schools, as well as Cedar Creek and Bastrop intermediate schools. view article arw

The Florence Independent School District will be offering food services to students at no charge for the upcoming school year, serving approximately 1,050 students enrolled in the district. Superintendent Paul Michalewicz said there are certain school districts that are a better candidate for this program. “Part of being a good candidate for this program is an efficiently run food service program,” Michalewizc said. “A school district that does not operate efficiently would not be able to participate in this program, because they would not be able to cover those costs.” view article arw

The Austin Independent School District is expanding the number of schools providing free breakfast and lunch to students. 82 campuses will now participate in the community eligibility provision this school year. It's a federally funded meal program offered through the U.S Department of Agriculture. 43 schools took part last year. view article arw

Comstock Independent School District announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under income eligibility guidelines. The central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone upon request, the school district announced. Starting Aug. 14, Comstock ISD will begin distributing letters to the households of the children in the district about eligibility benefits and any actions households need to take to apply for these benefits. Applications also are available at Comstock ISD, 101 Sanderson St., Comstock, Texas 78837. view article arw

Conroe ISD will provide free and reduced-price meals to qualifying children in the 2019-20 school year, according to a press release. When school begins Aug. 14, CISD will begin distributing letters to households in the district about applying for free and reduced-price meals. view article arw

Leander ISD and Pflugerville ISD recently announced application for their free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch programs for the 2019-20 school year is now open. view article arw

Leander ISD officials are accepting applications to apply for free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs for the upcoming school year. The program offers the program to students from low-income households. Parents and guardians seeking to apply for the program can check if they meet income eligibility guidelines by clicking here. view article arw

If you want your child to get a free or reduced-price meal this school year, now is the time to sign up. The South Texas Independent School District is now accepting 2019–2020 free and reduced-price meal applications. The applications can be obtained at all six campuses and on the STISD website. view article arw

School lunch shouldn’t be a topic of controversy, yet, somehow, it is — and this isn’t about the taste of the food. For one thing, the Trump administration has proposed a change in the rules governing who qualifies for food stamps through the program known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), and critics say they fear this could hurt millions of people, including children who qualify for free lunch at school because their family is low-income. view article arw

Select venues in Spring will soon begin offering culinary creations inspired by a variety of cuisines. With menu items like Chicken Tikka Masala and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, these chef-prepared dishes are reserved for an exclusive clientele — the students of Spring ISD. With the talents of trained Chef Gerry UpdeGraff and dietitian Jennifer Fasano, Spring ISD students will have a diverse array of nutritious meals available in the 2019-2020 school year. view article arw

There are more than 600 students in New Deal ISD who will benefit from this program this fall. "Even though they know they're going to get food, this just saves them embarrassment from saying, 'I don't have my money today, I'll bring it tomorrow,'" Matt Reed, New Deal Superintendent, said. "They just won't go through the line...so this just eliminates that." view article arw

Muleshoe ISD announced its policy today for 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. Starting in August, Muleshoe ISD will begin distributing letters 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

Poteet ISD released the information regarding their school lunch and breakfast program for the 2019-2020 school year. Student breakfast and lunch will be free to all students. The district will also be offering adult breakfast for $3.00, adult lunch for $4.25, visitor breakfast for $3.25, and visitor lunch for $4.50. view article arw

Plainview ISD announced its policy today for 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. Starting on August, Plainview ISD will begin distributing letters to the households of the children in the district about eligibility benefits and any actions households need to take to apply for these benefits. Applications also are available at the Child Nutrition Office, 402 N. Date St, Plainview, TX 79072. view article arw

The Stafford Municipal School District will be providing a free breakfast and lunch to all students in elementary through junior high for the 2019-2020 school year. District officials announced the policy change in a press release on Monday. view article arw

The Eustace ISD announced today a change to its policy for serving meals to children served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for the 2019/20 school year.  view article arw

On Thursday, New Deal ISD announced it would be providing free breakfast and lunch to all students during the 2019-2020 school year. According to the Facebook post, this is a part of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) which provides meals to children at no charge. view article arw

Until someone gets out and sees them, sometimes people can be blind to those in need, Brazosport ISD Trustee Joe Rinehart said. Seeing the Brazosport ISD Meals on the Move program in action was an example of that, he said. With $1,000 each donated by port LNG and BASF, the district piloted its mobile meals program for the past two weeks, Child Nutrition Director Rachel Arthur said. view article arw

The Leverett’s Chapel ISD school board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday and could take action on meal prices. view article arw

Students at 25 Arlington Independent School District schools will now enjoy free breakfast and lunch. The district joined with the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which is a non-pricing meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas. CEP allows the nation’s highest poverty schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications. view article arw

Students at four Pine Tree ISD campuses will no longer have to pay for breakfast or lunch, regardless of family income beginning in the 2019-20 school year. Pine Tree Primary, Birch Elementary, Parkway Elementary and Middle schools qualify for the National School Lunch Program Community Eligibility Provision to provide breakfast and lunch to all children at no charge and will not collect meal applications. view article arw

School lunches at Jacksonville ISD have gone up 25 cents across the board for students, effective in August, when the new school session begins, according to district officials. Local school board trustees met Tuesday to vote on the price increase, as well as address other agenda items. Because JISD participates in the USDA's national school breakfast and lunch programs, breakfast is provided at no charge for Jacksonville students. view article arw

Volunteers handed out bags of food Tuesday to about 200 families at Pat Neff Middle School. The food is part of a Northside Independent School District distribution program in conjunction with the San Antonio Food Bank and Bill Miller Barbecue. view article arw

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