The Clint Independent School District in far East El Paso was named as the top-ranking school district in Texas for providing meals to low-income students. Children at Risk, a nonprofit that conducts research and advocacy for children's issues across Texas, ranked Clint first in a report that evaluated how school districts provide meals to their low-income student population.  view article arw

Assistant director of school nutrition Suzanne Murdough will replace Angie Martinez as director of food services for the Temple Independent School District at the end of this semester. The Temple ISD board of trustees voted to promote Murdough during its Monday meeting. Murdough was unanimously recommended by a hiring committee that interviewed four finalists for the position. view article arw

North East ISD schools are fighting child hunger through a system called the "share table." The share table allows students to donate unopened breakfast bars, cereal bowls, dry snacks and uncut fresh fruit to the share table. Items from the share table are then given to hungry students or students who can't afford meals or a snack. "We have kids who definitely come hungry and want some extra food," Cody Miller, Hidden Forrest Elementary principal said. view article arw

Rio Grande Valley districts were featured in a study of how many of its most disadvantaged students take advantage of free school meals view article arw

The Lamesa ISD cafeteria staffs have decided to cancel this coming week’s Christmas holiday meals for parents, grandparents and guests. Holiday meals will be served at each campus this week; however, only students will be served. “The December Holiday Meals have been cancelled and we will move this event to the spring semester. view article arw

A report that evaluates how well Texas school districts provide meals to students living in poverty showed the San Antonio and Harlandale Independent School Districts were recently ranked in the study’s top 10 “school food rankings.”  The report provided by “Children at Risk” -- a Texas nonprofit research and advocacy organization -- reviewed 62 Texas school districts that are known to have low-income students.  view article arw

Little Elm ISD Gets A Food Truck!

November 2808:25 AM

Little Elm ISD has been looking for a way to also give its special needs students real world food service training. So what better way to do that these days than with their very own food truck. view article arw

The Harlandale and San Antonio independent school districts are among the best in the state at making sure their students have enough to eat, according to new research from the nonprofit advocacy group Children at Risk. view article arw

Huntington ISD has a new child nutrition director on staff this year: Samantha McElroy, MS, RDN, LD. view article arw

The Stephenville ISD board of trustees met Monday to tackle a short agenda, which included a discussion on cafeteria food improvements, new SHS organizations and recognitions. “We talked about our efforts to improve the food quality in the cafeteria and brought in a third party to look at that,” said SISD Superintendent Matt Underwood. “We talked about cooking multiple batches, so the food would be more fresh by the time third lunch comes in.” view article arw

A Virginia mother has taken up a crusade to raise money for proper school lunches for students at her children’s elementary school. Once the negative balances of students at Ocean View Elementary in Norfolk, VA, reach $5, the kids are given a free option of a cheese sandwich and milk for lunch. "It tasted like nothingness,” Noahe Fahrenkrug, 9, said. "They just wanted to feed me and just get done with it." view article arw

On a typical school day the Food and Nutrition Services department at the Brownsville Independent School District serves somewhere between 65,000 and 75,000 meals, FNS officials say.  The number includes breakfast and lunch, with dinner at many schools. The only requirement for the evening meal is that it accompany an academically related activity, acting FNS administrator Paul Johnson said. view article arw

Nourishing food is fundamental to a healthy future for America’s children. Earlier this month, we celebrated the important role of school lunches, and the professionals that serve them in schools throughout the nation. The President proclaimed October 8-14 as National School Lunch Week in recognition of “the benefits that school lunch programs offer to our communities and to our Nation's future.” Over the course of the week, USDA leaders headed out to local schools to join children for lunch, and learned more about those schools’ “Recipes for Success” – the theme of the week. view article arw

David Crockett students Cameron Archield and Trinadi Aaron and William B. Travis students Charles Morrison and Isabelle Gicker were recently chosen to enjoy lunch with Marshall ISD Police Chief Joe Arledge as part of MISD PD's "Chow Down with the Chief" program. Chief Arledge instituted the "Chow Down with the Chief" program in 2016-2017 as a way to develop positive relationships between law enforcement and community and students. view article arw

Edgewood ISD Police Officer, Rogena Reed knows some students refer to her as RoboCop. Like the robotic movie character, she has been on a mission and it has earned her an award. Officer Reed received the Alamo Area Council of Governments-Age Out Loud Lifetime Commitment Award. " I knew one day it would come," was her humble response. view article arw

Roughly 200 students at Oak Spings Elementary in Austin receive free breakfast in the classroom each school day. It’s part of a larger initiative Austin ISD is rolling out with the help of a grant from Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom. Anneliese Tanner, AISD’s Executive Director of Food Services, believes the program is producing the desired results. view article arw

The bell just rang at Seale Junior High School in Robstown. Students are dismissed for the day, but instead of heading straight to the bus or to afterschool activities some of them go to the school cafeteria for dinner.  There they'll be served dishes like bean and cheese burritos and cheeseburgers depending on the day, with a fruit and vegetable side, some sort of grain and milk.  view article arw

Schools across north Texas are recognizing National School Lunch Week. Many school districts have been making changes to guarantee students have daily access to well-balanced meals and nutritious option. The access to a healthy school lunch is a mission that has been top of mind for a group of cafeteria workers in Dallas ISD. The halls of Piedmont Global Academy are busy when the school bells ring. Students rushing to class or to lunch. Some workers call the cafeteria the nerve center of the campus. view article arw

The state has extended its free lunches program until the end of the month of October for school districts affected by Hurricane Harvey, including Pearland ISD and Friendswood ISD. The program provides all students with a free lunch daily until Oct. 31. view article arw

 Bryan ISD juniors Abigayle Williams, Hannah Czajkowski and Olivia Williams were named national champions Tuesday at the National 4-H Food Challenge Contest in Dallas. Czajkowki, Bryan High, and the Williams sisters, Bryan Collegiate, beat out 46 teams from across Texas at the State 4-H Food Challenge Contest in June to qualify for the national contest. view article arw

The Texas Education Agency released the 2017 Community and Student Engagement ratings for the state’s school districts, charters, and campuses Monday. The Texas Education Code requires all districts and charters to evaluate their own performance, as well as that of each of their campuses, in community and student engagement. However, this will be the last year the data is released, a news release said. view article arw

Students and staff at Tarver-Rendon Elementary School like tending their garden as much they eating its bounty. The produce is used to stock the Mansfield school’s salad bar, the only elementary school in the district that has one. “The primary focus of the program is to expose our students to agriculture and how it affects our everyday lives,” said teacher Shaye Atwood. “By working in the garden and studying farming on a larger scale, students can get a glimpse into all that it takes to produce food for our country.” view article arw

School districts in the state of Texas are now allowed to store leftover food and create food pantries to distribute to students. School districts across Texas, including the Brownsville Independent School District, continue to take advantage of Senate Bill 725 since it went into effect earlier this month. For years, Brownsville ISD has had their high schools create food pantries on campus to serve students that need it the most. view article arw

A Texoma school district is working on a new program to help feed its students. More than 850,000 people in North Texas are food insecure, according to North Texas Food Bank. Bowie ISD is creating food pantries at its school campuses to store leftover food and feed hungry students. view article arw

The U.S. and Texas departments of agriculture have granted an extension to Cy-Fair ISD’s eligibility waiver to serve meals at no charge to students through Oct. 31. Initially scheduled to expire at the end of September, the program allows all students to receive free breakfasts and lunches regardless of their eligibility. view article arw

Parents with children in the Los Fresnos school district can now check what’s for breakfast and lunch thanks to the Nutrislice app. The app allows parents to see the daily menu by simply selecting the school the student attends.The first dropdown menu asks users to select a school from the LosFresnosConsolidatedIndependentSchool District and then select either the breakfast or lunch menu. view article arw

Food insecurity in focus after Harvey

September 2107:30 AM

Food banks and pantries in Harvey-affected areas are bracing for the months of recovery that lay ahead. Here's what you need to know: Food banks, pantries and other food access advocates along the Texas coast were already food insecure before Hurricane Harvey came along. Take the Southeast Texas Food Bank, for example, which has already given out more than 1.5 million pounds of food. As they juggle a large amount of food donations coming in from around the nation, they know that the flow — like peoples' attention — will eventually drift elsewhere.  view article arw

Ten McKinney ISD schools were among those announced in August as America’s Healthiest Schools by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Of the approximately 31,000 schools that participate in the Healthy Schools Program, only 323 from 30 states and the District of Columbia were included on the 2017 list, and each recognized campus received the Healthier Generation’s prestigious National Healthy Schools Award. 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

January 1508:18 AM

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