Alpha Foods Co., a family-owned business in Waller, has been busy keeping up with the pizza needs of school districts in 18 states. Among their Houston area customers is Cy-Fair ISD, which will order nearly 560,000 pizzas throughout the year. “Their business has been so crazy busy this year,” Darin Crawford, CFISD director of nutrition services, said in a press release. “They actually have added an extra shift on Saturdays, so they bring their production staff in on Saturday specifically to make pizza for Cy-Fair.” view article arw

BELTON, Texas (KWTX) - Belton ISD’s Child Nutrition Department has received statewide recognition in the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) fall Farm Fresh Challenge. As part of the challenge, children at Belton ISD ate local foods and learned about Texas agriculture, while staff shared their success on social media. The challenge is part of Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller’s Farm Fresh Initiative created to connect farmers and ranchers with operators of nutrition programs administered by TDA. " We want kids to understand the food pyramid. We want them to understand the importance of having different colors in their food on their tray and different flavors in the different nutritional value of each item,” Dr. Jessica Razo Menu Coordinator Belton Independent School District. view article arw

Friday is the last day of school before the holidays for Dallas ISD. The district is preparing to offer free food for families in need over the winter break. Free meals are available to every child, 18 and younger, and 22 schools will serve as pickup points with curbside grab-and-go service. view article arw

Dallas ISD is excited to offer nutritious Winter Break Meals to every child, 18 years and younger, at no charge. Twenty-two schools were strategically selected so that every student would have a school nearby to pick up meals. Schools will provide a “grab ‘n go” meal service with a week’s worth of meals, valued at $80 per child. The meal service is scheduled for Monday, December 20, 2021, and Monday, December 27, 2021, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm or until supplies last. Meals will include seven lunches and seven snacks. view article arw

AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - Schools across the state are having to make an increased effort this year to make sure they have funds to support children inside and out of the classroom. Schools in the Panhandle started offering free meals to all students when the pandemic hit - regardless of income levels. “Our funding that we received it’s just, this year, not really attached to our free and reduced meal applications, so it’s just been a little bit different,” said Dr. Lynn Pulliam, Canadian ISD superintendent. While this is great for students eating for free, the lack of families showing proof of income for free and reduced meals is a growing concern. view article arw

ANTHONY, Texas -- Thanksgiving is a little more than one week away, but supply chains issues might make it a little difficult to set the table. It's even impacting a beloved school tradition. The child nutrition director with Anthony Independent School District told ABC-7, the department has been planing its beloved Thanksgiving lunch for about two months. It's still on for this week, but supply chain disruptions made it much more difficult to plan. Tisha Villalava says the product availability, the quantity size, and of course delivery dates and times were always changing. She says each week was different. The child nutrition department was trying to figure out if it would even get turkeys in time. And it wasn't just the bird, other items you typically see on the thanksgiving table were difficult to get in order to prepare a little over 1000 meals for students. view article arw

To help fight hunger among children in our Dallas community during the holidays, Dallas ISD plans to provide curbside “grab ‘n go” meal service. The district will provide a week’s worth of meals to every child, 18 years and younger, at no charge. The meal service is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m., or while supplies last. Meals will include seven lunches and seven snacks. view article arw

BEAUMONT — Beaumont ISD is battling a food shortage while still providing students with healthy options. KFDM/Fox 4's Mello Styles has more on this story. view article arw

The on-going supply chain issues that we all have heard about are now also impacting school cafeterias. The Arlington ISD announced today that it is currently dealing with supply issues, but the food service team said they are making adjustments and working long hours to make sure every student gets fed. view article arw

AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - Area schools are having to make last minute changes to make sure students have food to eat.  Claude ISD serves between 140 to 160 students every day, and is having trouble finding food like hot dogs, potatoes, and chicken products for lunch.  “Normally we don’t have these problems where our food service companies are out of these products,” said Greg Brown, superintendent of Claude ISD.  Other school districts like Pampa, Dumas, and Channing are experiencing the same issue schools nationwide are having when it comes to feeding children. 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