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This fall, President Biden hosted the first White House summit in decades focused on ending hunger in America, with his administration announcing $8 billion in public- and private-sector commitments toward that goal. The last such summit was in 1969 and convened by President Richard M. Nixon. It influenced food policy with an expansion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which helps low-income families buy healthy food, and the creation of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which offers assistance to mothers. With Biden hoping to have a major impact on food policy in coming years, this post provides a road map for how the administration and Congress can address the issue of child health. It was written by Robert Boyd, chief executive of the School-Based Health Alliance, a nonprofit organization that promotes and supports school-based health centers, and Pedro Noguera, dean of the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.    (1) view article arw

School lunches were not on the Grand Prairie ISD school board meeting agenda Thursday night but still, some parents showed up to express their disappointment with them. They said they are not nutritious. "This is what they post on their website that they say that they're serving and in reality, it's this," said Edgar Suarez as he held a sign with photos of the two lunches. view article arw

BURKBURNETT (KFDX/KJTL) — Burkburnett Middle School students and faculty held an official grand opening for their B3 Cafe Thursday morning. B3 Cafe is a coffee shop for the school’s staff primarily run by their students. The faculty prepares the equipment for when the students come in at 7 a.m., and then the students perform store operations, such as making the coffee, greeting the teachers or making deliveries. view article arw

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) hosts a Farm Fresh Challenge each year and Coppell ISD participated in the fall challenge to engage students and recognize nutrition professionals for their efforts to bring local foods and garden-based learning activities to their schools. The fall challenge took place from Oct. 1-31 and CISD participated in the 1st Tier: Best of the Bunch, which meant the district had to serve three or more Texas foods representing three different meal components a minimum of once a week each week of the challenge. The district locally sourced milk, apples, pears, hamburgers, and bread, and harvested vegetables from Coppell ISD gardens. view article arw

Dallas ISD’s Food and Child Nutrition Services department celebrated National Plastic-Free School Lunch Day on Wednesday at Billy Earl Dade Middle School, as part of a nationwide initiative with the Urban School Food Alliance and Cafeteria Culture. In addition to Dallas ISD’s existing efforts to reduce the amount of harmful plastic waste in the environment, substantial additional changes were made to menus, trays and cutlery in honor of National Plastic-Free School Lunch day. Improvements included using tin foil to wrap sandwiches and paper trays in place of plastic trays. FCNS also offered biodegradable forks and plates as well as paper cups for water. view article arw

Fort Bend Independent School District said students have accumulated $38,138 worth of debt for breakfast and lunches in their schools cafeterias this school year. During the pandemic – in 2020 and 2021 – the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) gave Fort Bend ISD along with other districts waivers to feed all students for free. view article arw

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - October is Seed to Table month in Wichita Falls ISD cafeterias. This month is all about celebrating the use of fresh, local produce on their school menus. Throughout the year, WFISD officials will partner with local farms to source much of the produce used in the district. To kick off the event, they hosted a build-your-own acai bowl sample station at the Wichita Falls Farmers Market on Saturday. “I always say we are feeding the future of the community and I think that’s really important work and I think everyone is better off if our kiddos are able to concentrate, participate and thrive and if they have good food in the middle of the day and a good breakfast in the morning, then they are set up to do that,” Emily Kincaid, Chartwells marketing specialist, said. view article arw

The Beeville Independent School District offers a dozen career and technical-based education programs for students at A.C. Jones High School. One of those programs is the culinary arts program. In the culinary arts program, students get hands-on experience working in the kitchen, learning how to make food, and they also learn other aspects of the food service industry. view article arw

Newly released national data reveals tax credits, stimulus payments reduced the number of kids in poverty, even as income inequality increased by 1.2%.  The number of children in poverty fell by 46% in 2021 compared to the previous year, but poverty among people 65 and older rose 13%, according to a new census report.  The U.S. Census Bureau’s newly released data on national rates of poverty, income and health insurance offers a glimpse into the economy of Americans coping with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of president Joe Biden’s $1.8 trillion American Rescue Plan to counter the economic slowdown, high unemployment and inflation.  On Tuesday, census officials said that federal COVID-related refundable tax credits and stimulus payments were major contributors to reducing the number of children in poverty in 2021. 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