Galveston ISD will provide free breakfast and lunch to all children in the district for the 2018-2019 school year. This expands a policy that normally only provides free and reduced-cost meals based on a family's income. The district change eliminates the need for free and reduced-price meal applications and collecting payment for basic student meals. view article arw

In a city with James Beard Award-nominated restaurants Mixtli and Cured, Culinary Institute of America Chef Justin Ward wants San Antonio school cafeterias to step up their culinary game. Reflecting on the cafeteria food of his past and the lunch lines of San Antonio Independent School District’s present – a typical week’s menu includes mini corndogs, cheeseburgers, burritos, turkey and cheese sandwiches, and fish nuggets with various sides – Ward thinks schools can do better and should reinvent their menus. view article arw

Rachel Harrington wants her children to have nutritious packed lunches to enjoy at school but she gets frustrated trying to create them. "Making lunches for my kids is one of my least favorite activities. I'd like to do it the night before, but that never happens," said the mother of two. "There are a lot of complaints." view article arw

School might be out for the summer, but kids in seven Angleton neighborhoods are still clamoring to get on the bus each week. Why? School lunches provided at no cost as part of Angleton ISD’s Fueled for the Summer nutrition program. This year is the first the district took its summer lunch program on the road. It already provides free lunches at Angleton Junior High School and Angleton High School to coincide with summer school classes. In June, nutrition specialists decided to roll out as well, loading up a bus to bring meals directly to where children live. view article arw

The Summer Nutrition Programs are serving free meals to children 18 years and younger at several schools in Lewisville ISD throughout the summer. Meals are first come, first serve, and the children do not have to be a student of Lewisville ISD to receive a free meal. The meals will be served Monday-Friday during the following scheduled times: view article arw

Summer for students means no more classes and free time to soak in the sun and hang out with friends, but for many kids it also means they may not get three square meals every day. About 63 percent of Garland ISD students are on free or reduced lunch. view article arw

AUSTIN -- The Texas Department of Agriculture hopes to continue expanding its Farm Fresh initiative, bringing locally sourced food to school meals, an area highlighted at the 2-day Business of Numbers and Nutrition Conference in Austin.  "We now have over 1.7 million school kids getting fresh, locally produced fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy, so we thought we'd bring all of our partners together in a collaboration," Commissioner Sid Miller said.  Producers met with nutritionists from across the state to learn about ways to provide students with more locally grown food. Dani Sheffield, executive director of child nutrition services at Aldine ISD, said her district educates the community on its efforts. view article arw

The district will provide breakfast and lunch to the students at no charge, which is being made possible through the Department of Agriculture's Community Eligibility Provision, according to district officials. view article arw

Thanks to a federal student nutrition program, next school year all City View ISD students will get to eat lunch for free. For many like Kayla Barboza, a mother of three, this has her excited because school lunch was starting to get a little pricey. "I was trying to decide if it was cheaper to send their lunch or let them buy their lunch and it really evened out so I wasn't saving money really," Barboza said. view article arw

The Killeen Independent School District will do their part to keep area children from going hungry this summer while regular classes are out. Starting June 6 and lasting through August 10, KISD will serve about 3,200 free breakfasts and lunches a day to children at sites all over the school district. This comes as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Feeding Program. view article arw

Hunger doesn’t end just because school does. Austin ISD is out for the summer but will still provide meals to kids through their Summer Food Service Program. More than 40 AISD schools will be open to serve free breakfast and lunch to local children and teenagers 18 and younger. The meals will be available to all kids whether or not they attend school in the district. AISD says no registration or identification will be required. view article arw

School might be out, but Temple and other school districts have stepped up their game, all to make sure kids who depend on school meals have enough to eat this Summer. Temple ISD is making a push to feed more kids for Free this summer than ever before. In 2017, there were five locations that provided free breakfast and lunch. This year, there are nine across the city. view article arw

Food insecurity is quickly becoming a problem everywhere. Amanda Calk with Lufkin ISD's student nutrition office says one in four children do not know when, or if, their next meal is coming and when school lets out, the problem worsens. Thankfully Lufkin ISD's summer feeding program is here to help. view article arw

The Edgewood Independent School District will continue its free meal program this summer for students who depend on receiving free breakfast and lunch throughout the school year. The meals are free for anyone 18 years old or younger. view article arw

Waco ISD kicked off its free summer lunch program on Monday. According to Waco ISD, 34 percent of students who live in the district face childhood poverty. There are several sites within the district where kids who are 18 and under can drop by and get a free summer lunch. view article arw

The Southwest Independent School District said it is participating in the summer food service program for 2018. Nutritious meals will be provided to all children who are 18 years old and younger, the district said. Judson ISD participates in summer food service program The district said the program is free of charge and is the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. view article arw

As schools release students for the summer, Austin ISD announced it would offer free breakfast and lunch for anyone under 18 years old. view article arw

Children in Houston will be able to eat breakfast and lunch for free at nearly 200 locations this summer, thanks to Houston ISD's Summer Meals Program. The program began on Monday and will run through Aug. 2. Those between the ages of 1 and 18 do not need to be enrolled in a summer school program to qualify for meals, and no paperwork, registration or proof of income is required. view article arw

The Summer Food Service Program will provide free summer meals at Judson Independent School District schools to anyone under the age of 18. view article arw

Longview ISD served about 80,000 meals last summer, but the district’s child nutrition director wants to serve more this year. The district served 11,400 breakfasts and 15,600 lunches in June 2017, Phyllis Dozier said. Across Texas, more than 18 million meals were served in summer 2017, according to Texas Department of Agriculture data. While school districts across East Texas are gearing up for the state’s annual summer feeding program that offers free meals to children ages 1 to 18, Longview ISD’s child nutrition department hopes for a larger turnout this year. view article arw

Houston County school district, Grapeland ISD, will serve summer meals to their students for free Mondays through Thursdays in June. According to a post on their Facebook page, all students are welcome to have breakfast and lunch at Grapeland Elementary School. view article arw

Students at Lake Air Montessori Magnet School will learn how to compost cafeteria waste and care for goats thanks to a grant from the Waco ISD Education Foundation. More than two dozen teachers at 12 Waco ISD schools were awarded $111,924 in grants from the Waco ISD Education Foundation for the upcoming school year. One of those awards went to Byron Griffin, an environmental science teacher at Lake Air Montessori Magnet school. Sponsored by H-E-B Plus, the Waco ISD Education Foundation awarded Griffin $7,500 for his grant request, “Composting Toward a Greener Campus,” for two compost machines. view article arw

When was the last time you heard a group of kids enthusiastically shout, “Cabbage!” For me, it was last week, at our regular staff volunteer day at the Central Texas Food Bank. Through an affiliation between L’Oca D’Oro and MealshareUSA, we packed bags of raw ingredients for stew — cabbage, potatoes and carrots — to be delivered to kitchens across the region. Our most productive helpers were a group of third-graders from St. Andrew’s Elementary and a special-needs class from Bowie High School. view article arw

Cy-Fair ISD’s nutrition services department has announced its summer 2018 schedule for Seamless Summer Option meals. Children 18 years old and younger will have access to healthy breakfasts and lunches at no cost. SSO is a U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition program administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture for children who rely on school meals during the academic year. “The SSO program is a great way for us to provide access to meals for our students during the summer months,” CFISD Nutrition Services Director Darin Crawford said. “Kids need good nutrition to fuel their summer activities, and we are thrilled to be able to continue to offer school meals during the long summer break.” view article arw

Eager second-graders at Hettie Halstead Elementary School were armed with their watering cans, dirt clods, pots of recycled material, and vegetable seeds as the Copperas Cove H-E-B Plus kicked of its Let’s Get Growing program, teaching the 70 youngsters not only about healthy eating habits but also how to grow their own vegetables at home. H-E-B provided all the materials for the educational activity, which was piloted at Halstead. The students reviewed the importance of a balanced diet covering vitamins A, B, C, and D and the foods that provide these necessary nutrients. Students were also provided a take-home bag of fruit, including an orange, banana and an apple. view article arw

The reality, former Cleburne ISD Principal Ben Oefinger said, is that many Cleburne residents well off, or at least getting by, remain unaware of the food challenges many Cleburne students face daily. To that end, Oefinger discussed the Snack Sack program during Friday’s monthly meeting of Pinnacle Club 50. The club consists of Cleburne and Johnson County businessmen and women and other community leaders who gather monthly for fellowship and updates on community happenings. view article arw

Do you think you could choose the best taco out of 88 different recipes? That's the challenge for the judges at the Austin ISD Ultimate Taco Challenge, with each recipe prepared by middle school students. In 2018, 340 students were broken into teams and created 88 different taco recipes. Judges at each school picked their favorite, and six finalist teams will go head-to-head to win the ultimate AISD taco award. view article arw

Grape Creek ISD will host a summer food service program that will offer breakfast and lunch May 29-June 28. Both meals are free for anyone age 1-18. Cost for adults is $1.50 for breakfast and $3.15 for lunch. No pre-registration, proof of income or lunch ticket is required. Breakfast will be served 7:15-8 a.m. and lunch from 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Grape Creek Elementary and middle school cafeteria, 9633 Grape Creek Road, Monday through Thursday each week. view article arw

This summer, Petersburg ISD will connect children 18 years old and younger with healthy Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) meals at no cost to the child. SFSP is the U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition program administered in the Lone Star State by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). For the children who rely on school meals during the academic year, these meals offer a source of good nutrition when school is out for the long summer vacation. “Petersburg children need good nutrition year-round so they can learn, grow and succeed in life,” said Drew Howard, PISD superintendent. “With nearly 2 million food insecure children living in Texas, these healthy meals are vital to nourishing young Texans during the summer vacation.” view article arw

Fourth-graders wade through rows of zucchini, leaves rising above their knees. They comb through vegetation, searching for squash large enough to pick. Located yards off Expressway 83 in Mercedes, the land behind a warehouse was cleared of brush beginning last summer. About an acre of vegetables -- about 20 varieties, including kale, beans, cauliflower, radishes, corn, and four types of tomatoes -- are in the ground at various stages. Horizon Montessori Public School in Weslaco enlists third- to eighth-graders to plant, harvest and maintain this garden. Veggies end up in the school’s cafeteria. view article arw

In addition to the summer meal program, families and students will have another option to procure food during the summer, thanks to a program offered by the Texas Department of Agriculture. Elgin ISD is one of two school districts participating in a pilot program, which will connect eligible students to meals throughout the summer months with an Electronic Benefits Transfer Card, that operates similar to a debit card. Jennifer Page, coordinator of special programs with the Texas Department of Agriculture, gave a presentation about the program during a school board meeting on May 16. The summer electronic benefits transfer card is a federally funded program to help stretch family food budgets during summer months when children have no access or limited access to healthy school meals. view article arw

There has been a gradual shift in a student group that now makes up the majority of our K-12 public school students in America as well as in Texas. And we're not talking about race or ethnicity.  Students who are economically disadvantaged now represent 51 percent of students nationally and 60 percent of public school students in Texas.  The reason this number is important is that we are struggling to get the same educational outcomes for most of our low income students, in suburban and urban districts alike, as their non-economically disadvantaged peers. view article arw

Children need a level of care that ensures their development is on the right track. While their parents are at work, young children are often placed in the loving arms of the teachers at childcare centers, where they have the opportunity to build social, emotional, and motor skills. The Head Start program was created over 50 years ago by President Lyndon B. Johnson, to ensure low-income families would be able to utilize a program that helps meet children's educational, developmental, and emotional needs free of financial worries. The Burnet Head Start, which traces its ties to Opportunities for Williamson and Burnet Counties, has made it their mission to help children and their parents navigate their way through the important stages of life. view article arw

Students at Ector County ISD still have time to participate in the Cans for Kids food drive.  view article arw

Several photographs taken behind the scenes at a Dallas Independent School District food service facility show several pallets of food items, stacked high with dozens of cases that represent thousands of dollars of wasted food being thrown in the garbage. But the district says there is minimal food waste and they hope to donate to local nonprofits soon. view article arw