The University High School soccer team and JROTC are joining forces to brighten up Christmas for hundreds of children in the district. Through a Make A Wish Come True, students in need from Bell's Hill Elementary, South Waco Elementary, Kendrick Elementary, Alta Vista Elementary and Cesar Chavez Middle School wrote a letter saying what they would do with $100. University High School Soccer Coach Mike Chapman said this year they are hoping to fulfill the dreams of 240 children. view article arw

Frisco ISD is now accepting applications for FISD Insight, a community engagement program that offers participants a behind-the-scenes look at the school district. Many may not realize that FISD is the size of many large businesses, with an annual operating budget of more than half a billion dollars. The district enrolls more than 60,000 students in 72 schools and is now the 13th largest school district in Texas. With more than 7,000 employees, Frisco ISD is also the city of Frisco’s largest employer. view article arw

Dallas ISD’s Food and Child Nutrition Services Department will offer students free meals during the Thanksgiving break, from Monday, November 19, through Wednesday, November 21. “The effort is to ensure students have access to nutritious meals even during breaks from school,” DISD said in a news release Tuesday. view article arw

A schoolwide effort to help others will pay off in a big win for food banks in Parker County. The goal to stop hunger was Monday's Tell Me Something Good. McCall Elementary in the Aledo Independent School District wrapped up its annual food drive. The theme this year was Wrestle Down Hunger, so wrestling masks and costumes were part of the fun. view article arw

Lewisville ISD’s new gourmet food truck, named StrEATz & BEATz, made its official debut at Flower Mound High School. The food truck, which was approved by trustees in November 2017, is a result of a partnership between the district and food service provider Aramark as a way to provide a new dining option for K-12 students. “StrEATz & BEATz gives us a unique opportunity to introduce innovative breakfast concepts to students through a fun experience,” Aramark Executive Chef Robby Hooker said in a news release. view article arw

Driving near the schools in the district you see a lot of fast-food restaurants and gas stations but no grocery stores, from the administration building, the closest H-E-B is about 17 minutes away. KSAT 12 sat down with the districts nutrition director and a concerned mother who said the food desert in the district can lead to health problems for the families, and they also talked about how the schools are stepping in and stepping up to help their students. view article arw

A western Nebraska school superintendent has resigned just weeks after one of his school cooks mixed kangaroo meat into chili made for students. Potter-Dix Schools board of education minutes say board members Wednesday night accepted the resignation of Mike Williams and then voted to send him a notice about the possible immediate cancellation of his contract. view article arw

Corpus Christi Independent School District is disposing of some of its breakfast cereal after bugs were found in some of its cereal containers. This morning, a Carroll High School student sent KRIS 6 News video taken inside the school’s cafeteria. view article arw

Staying after school for sports or extracurricular activities can wear a student down, which is why the North East Independent School District wants to make sure students who attend schools in low-income neighborhoods are equipped with the nutrition needed to excel beyond the classroom. "Any extracurricular activity (participant) has the option to sign up for them as long as they're within a Title I school," said Jennifer Hall, assistant athletic coordinator at Nimitz Middle School. view article arw

A Nebraska superintendent is apologizing for "anxiety and any harm" caused after a school chef served — without disclosing — kangaroo meat to students.  A head cook in the state's Potter-Dix Public School district served up the meat on Oct. 10 as part of a chili dish mixed with meat, superintendent Mike Williams wrote in a letter to parents and students. view article arw

Every October we celebrate National School Lunch Week. This is the time of the year that we celebrate the School Lunch Program and all the great nutritional benefits school lunch brings to the cafeteria table. National School Lunch Week is a way to celebrate the lunch tray and everything we serve from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. but it is also a week to celebrate all the great things Food Service provides outside the school lunch period. Policy reform to core nutrition programs including the National School Lunch, Breakfast, WIC, and Summer Lunch programs in the form of Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act was enacted in 2010. Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act laid the groundwork on how we provide healthy, locally sourced, scratch made food and more at Brainerd Public Schools. view article arw

The Texas Department of Agriculture's theme for 2018 National School Lunch Week (NSLW) is "Level Up with a Healthy School Lunch!" This year’s theme plugs into students’ affinity for Video Games!  When children pick up a healthy school meal they pick up a controller they can use to win the healthy lifestyle game. TDA's NSLW campaign goal is always to challenge students and staff to try new foods offered in the cafeteria. We also challenge you to take your student’s love of video games and help connect the dots of how the benefits of eating healthy meals at school impacts their lives. So encourage your students to be team players and enjoy a healthy school lunch so they can have the energy and charisma to make winning choices for the rest of the school year! view article arw

Cars lined up on the south side of the Mercer-Blumberg Learning Center’s Parking lot, waiting for the opportunity to get some food for home. Seguin ISD in partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank was able to provide a food distribution day to area families in need. view article arw

The Katy Independent School District Education Foundation is hosting its 6th annual Fireflies & Foodtrucks fundraiser this month to “unite the community” and raise money to fund grants for student-teacher classroom projects. More than 750 people are expected to attend the adults-only event, which will feature live music, eight food trucks and a wine garden, at No Label Brewery on Thursday, Oct. 18, said Susan Smith, Katy ISD Education Foundation Board President and founder of Two Forks of Catering. view article arw

After complaints from parents on social media, the Rosebud-Lott ISD Superintendent Dr. Steve Brownlee clarified that the high school did not run out of food at lunch on Monday. Dr. Brownlee said that the kitchen temporarily ran out of popcorn chicken smackers. view article arw

Much of the race for Texas Agriculture Commissioner centers on food — whether immigrants should be able to help harvest it, how crops are traded or what items schools can serve students for lunch. Democrat Kim Olson, a farmer and Air Force veteran, is challenging the incumbent, Republican Sid Miller. In the latest edition of our Split Decision virtual debate series, watch Olson and Miller discuss these issues, as well as Miller's presence on social media and more. Stick to the end to learn which of the two candidates is better at guessing the weight of some BBQ. Olson is critical of what Miller's done over his first term as agriculture commissioner, including the fees he raised on farmers and ranchers in 2016 that an audit showed raised millions more dollars than necessary. Miller highlighted reforms he said he's made at the Texas Department of Agriculture, including increased inspections and expanded foreign markets. view article arw

School lunch is getting a little more hip in Austin. The Austin Independent School District is rolling out a new food truck to serve food for hundreds of kids each day. The food truck is called "Food 4 Thought," and it's the third food truck the district has. "Growing up and eating school lunches gets old after a while," said Diego Saldana, an 11th-grade student at Austin High School. view article arw

Ysleta ISD students staying on campus after school will now get more chances to eat before they get home. Ysleta’s supper program, which has been run in a limited capacity, is being expanded to more schools starting tomorrow. Six high schools and two middle schools will have the supper program running starting tomorrow, but the program itself has been active for some time already. view article arw

Martha Roman briskly rolls a cart full of food down the hall at the Ann Windle School for Young Children. It’s lunchtime, and the cafeteria worker knows the kids are hungry. The 3- and 4-year-olds from Jennifer Engelbrecht’s and Tammy Joice’s classes line up quietly and fidget as they wait for their turn. Roman hands them trays filled with steak fingers, apple slices, salad and milk. She makes sure their tiny hands have a tight grip on the red plastic and returns their curious gazes with a smile. view article arw

While Hallsville ISD administration and staff work hard every day to ensure students’ educational needs are met, the district’s Secretary to the Director of Special Programs Diane Hicks said they are also working to meet students’ nutritional needs through the Hallsville ISD Nutritional Backpacks for Kids Project. The annual program provides Hallsville ISD students in need with nutritional food and snacks to last them throughout the weekend and holidays, when school is not in session, by sending the students home with a backpack filled with food, socks and toiletry items every Friday afternoon. view article arw

School lunch is a problem that, so far, no one has really solved. Is it possible to cook for hundreds or thousands of kids, with only about $1.25 per head (after labor and equipment costs), following guidelines that mandate exact proportions of protein, carbs, and sugar, and still make it taste good?  Usually, no. Hence the cliché of school lunch: a droopy piece of pizza or a gray hamburger patty on a Styrofoam tray, next to a mini-carton of milk and an apple. view article arw

Celebrating five years of success, Tour de Fresh presented by the California Giant Foundation, continues to support Salad Bars to Schools in a big way – this year, by bringing 46 salad bars to four school districts across the country. Nearly 50 cyclists came together July 23-26 to ride 300 miles from Lake Tahoe to the coast of California in an effort to bring more access to fresh fruits and vegetables in schools. On the final day of the ride, a $141,000check was presented to the United Fresh Start Foundation, which has since grown to over $147,000, that will donate at least 46 salad bars to schools in four school districts across the country. view article arw

The Vidor Independent School District is looking to lessen the load of families affected by Harvey. All students within the district will now be able to get their breakfast and lunch completely free. It's a federal program the school district qualifies for because majority of the student body is in need due to the storm. view article arw

Bette Mogg, director of food and nutrition services, gave an effectiveness report on the district’s student nutrition programs at the Aug. 13 Mesquite ISD Board of Trustees meeting. She reported that they served 1,749,691 breakfasts and 4,726,123 lunches last year, with an overall campus average daily participation for breakfast being 25 percent and lunch at 67 percent. The district offers two breakfast programs, traditional and universal free breakfast. Traditional breakfast is offered at 27 campuses, and universal free breakfast is offered at 21, which means all students eat free regardless of eligibility status. view article arw

Decatur High School averaged serving 89 more lunches and brought in an additional $2,104 in cash sales during the first four days of the school year with a closed campus lunch as opposed to the start of 2017. Director of Child Nutrition Shelly Laaser presented the figures to Decatur ISD trustees Monday during a report on the transition to the closed campus lunch. Trustees approved the change in April, a few weeks after a Decatur student was involved in a lunchtime accident on Hale Street that killed a man. view article arw

Wichita Falls ISD is helping kids eat well after the bell. Thursday the district launched the government funded after-school super program that allows everyone under the age of 18 to grab a free plate. It kicked off at Hirschi High School and Kate Burgess Elementary School. On the menu, blackened Tilapia tacos, rice, fruit and coleslaw. It was a hit for the kids and parents. view article arw

This year, a San Antonio school district hopes to get more students face-to-face with police officers -- in a positive way. The Northeast Independent School District is launching "Meals for Shields." All law enforcement officers are invited to schools for free lunch and conversation any time they want. The district hopes to create role models, offer students early relationships with police and let them get to know officers as people. view article arw

Instead of throwing away food you don't like, how about offering it to a neighbor? That's the goal for an Austin ISD program which has earned some national recognition. The National School Nutrition Association recognized AISD for its strategies to increase healthy foods and reduce food waste -- specifically through its "shared tables" program. view article arw

With children all across the country returning back to school this month, the nutrition in school meals is also back in the spotlight. While parents and kids don't often see eye-to-eye on what makes a school lunch great, a recent survey of 1,800 students and parents nationwide* conducted by Revolution Foods, the nation's leading healthy school meals provider, revealed the majority of parents (88 percent) and students (66 percent) agreed that healthier school meals could help students perform better in school. The survey findings support a study conducted by University of California, Berkeley and the Nutrition Policy Institute that suggests healthier meals could raise student achievement by about 4 percentile points on average. view article arw

As an indication of the number of families living at low-income levels in San Angelo, 60 percent of the San Angelo ISD students qualify for the District’s Reduced Lunch Program. The 40 percent who do not qualify for the program will pay a nominal $2.50 for elementary school lunches and $2.75 for lunches served in secondary schools. If the child qualifies for the reduced lunch program, the cost of the lunch is just 40 cents in all schools, the same price lunches cost in 1970. view article arw

With the new school year underway, the gloves came off during one school board meeting in Brownsville and it was all about something they don't even have to eat. The hot button issue was school lunches. The former Brownsville ISD students CBS 4 spoke with had good and bad things to say about the district's school lunches. view article arw

The Lubbock Independent School District 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. view article arw

One of the best things about North Texas students returning to school this week will be the food.  We have a lot of hungry, low-income children living among us. In the Fort Worth school district alone, 77 percent of students come from low-income homes and qualify for free or reduced-priced meals. According to the Texas Education Agency, that’s more than 66,000 children.  The healthy, filling breakfasts and lunches they’ll be served as this semester begins are for some the only real nutrition they receive all day. 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