The superintendents of Bexar County’s two largest school districts joined nationwide criticism of a U.S. Department of Agriculture proposal to tighten eligibility for food stamps because it also would shrink the number of students who can get free school meals. Both sent letters to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue even before the department released a report last week that the rule change would require almost a million school children to reapply for the benefit nationwide. More than half would need to pay a reduced fee for lunch, the study estimated. view article arw

The Houston Independent School District is getting students to reach out to each other for what it called No One Eats Alone Day. It’s part of how HISD is promoting awareness for National Bullying Prevention Month. During lunch Friday, students across the district were using icebreaker cards to start conversations at the lunch table. It was all to ensure no one eats alone. view article arw

Arden Road Elementary hosted an assembly celebrating Aramark’s “Farm Fresh Fridays” on Friday. Aramark manages the food and nutrition program for the Canyon Independent School District.  Each year during the month of October, Aramark celebrates “Farm Fresh Fridays” by implementing foods that have been produced in Texas into their menus for Canyon ISD. Canyon ISD School Nutrition partners with Texas Department of Agriculture to help Texas producers by using and serving their products and to educate students on how and where foods are produced for consumption. view article arw

Three years ago CCISD started providing free meals after school to students who are food insecure. What started off as a service for only a few schools has grown to include 44 campuses district-wide. "We include a main dish, a vegetable, and a fruit," said the CCISD office's Coordinator of Food Services Deborah Meador. "And the milk is provided here at the schools, but those meals are shipped daily to the school and served each afternoon after school for the students that come for the Supper Program." view article arw

To recognize the National School Lunch Program that serves 30 million children each day across the country, Dallas ISD is celebrating National School Lunch Week from Oct. 14-17. The theme, "School Lunch: What's on Your Playlist," spotlights how school cafeterias are serving up healthy menu items that kids want to eat, with increased choice and customization. National School Lunch Week (NSLW) is highlighting the nutritious foods available daily at Dallas ISD schools. Planned activities for the week include: view article arw

AUSTIN – Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today announced the start of National School Lunch Week, which runs Oct. 9 to 13, and emphasizes the value of leading healthy lifestyles to Texas students. In partnership with the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), every school day, Texas schools serve approximately 3 million healthy meals through the National School Lunch Program. During National School Lunch Week, school nutrition professionals across the Lone Star State will use TDA resources and this year’s theme Rock the Day with a Healthy School Lunch to remind students that eating nutritious meals in the school cafeteria fuels academic success. view article arw

Local students are feeling the power of healthy bodies and minds by fueling up on the "good stuff" they say helps them stay ready to learn while they’re at school. A rainbow of fresh food greets Colonial Hills Elementary School students daily for breakfast and lunch. North East Independent School District is setting the bar when it comes to keeping healthy on campus. view article arw

Every school day, students in school districts around the country purchase meals for breakfast and lunch. Some are able to pay for it, with the means to consistently have money in the account. But some are not. With the state of Texas’ passage of the "No Shaming" law in June 2017, districts across the state allow a grace period for students with no money in their meal accounts to receive a hot lunch. If the debt is not covered by the guardians of the student, the school district has to take it on. view article arw

Lubbock ISD has expanded free breakfast and lunch to six more of its campuses through the Community Eligibility Provisions (CEP) program. CEP was established through the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, passed by Congress in 2014. School districts or “local education agencies” are eligible for CEP if at least 40% of enrolled students on a campus are either SNAP recipients, considered homeless, and migrant or foster children. “It reduces the stigma of knowing who gets a free meal,” says Lori Johnson, Director of Child Nutrition for Lubbock ISD. “We can’t overtly identify anybody on a campus because they’re all eligible for a free meal. view article arw

The WFISD and Chartwells K12 celebrated National Farm to School Month at the Downtown Farmers Market Saturday morning. The event put a spotlight on local produce in school meals with a chance to take part in Chartwells' Discovery Kitchen with chef led recipe demonstrations. view article arw

An internal audit of Fort Bend ISD’s child nutrition program found the district lacks standards to measure performance, has reoccurring net losses and compliance risks, and does not participate in a federal program that would allow entire campuses to provide free breakfasts and lunches for students. The high-level results of the audit were presented at FBISD’s board of trustees meeting Sept. 23. view article arw

I’ve been trying to bring my own lunch to work more lately, but last week, I went out to eat. With $5 in my pocket, I joined my son at his Austin ISD elementary school, where we both ate the school lunch. As I’ve written before, he eats the school lunch every day, as well as breakfast, which he eats at his desk, along with every other student in his class. His school is one of 42 elementary schools that offers Breakfast in the Classroom, an initiative to bring the first meal of the day to students while they start their day. view article arw

Killeen ISD combating hunger by sharing

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Killeen Independent School District started a program where students can share their uneaten and unopened food, with others who want a bit more. This is called Sharing Tables, which is an initiative in 20 Killeen ISD schools.  Sharing Tables is a program aimed to help hungry kids and reduce waste. view article arw

Dedicated consumers of news might have noticed a growing trend: students being “meal shamed” when they don’t have the money to pay for their school lunches. Such students, and those whose families are behind in their payments for school lunches, are barred from eating the schools’ regular meals. Rather than let them go hungry, schools give them something else, usually a bologna, peanut butter-and-jelly or cheese sandwich. It’s a real trend; NBC News, which recently reported on a student whose lunch was taken out of his hands on his birthday because his family owed $9.75 in lunch money, noted that 75% of school districts nationwide reported delinquency in school payments, a 70% increase since 2012. view article arw

With the new school year now underway, members of Spring ISD’s Child Nutrition Department joined the Spring ISD Board of Trustees during the board’s September meeting to celebrate several honors awarded to the department over the summer, including once again receiving “Best of the Bunch” status in the Texas Department of Agriculture’s annual Farm Fresh Challenge. view article arw

Maine is launching a new culinary classroom that will stream live cooking classes in hopes of inspiring healthy meals in Maine schools. The Maine Department of Education is hosting an open house Tuesday in Augusta. view article arw

Gainesville Independent School District is offering something new to its students this year - a free dinner. The free dinner program, which was approved by members of the Gainesville ISD board of trustees on July 15, is replacing the district’s after-school snack program, said Aramark Child Nutrition Director Corey Ray.  “We've always had the snack program in our contract but wanted to provide more food with all the components (grain, meat/meat alternate, fruit, juice, milk) to students that truly do not get a full dinner at home,” Ray said via an email interview with the Register. “Typically we serve a cold sandwich/wrap with milk, fresh fruit/vegetable and a juice.” view article arw

If fewer kids bring lunch from home, Austin ISD says it can improve the quality of ingredients it uses to prepare breakfast and lunch across the entire district. The nutrition and food services department is working toward a goal of using only grass-fed beef and organic produce and milk in every campus cafeteria, but in order to do that, it needs more students to eat the food kitchen employees fix every day. This school year the district is encouraging parents not to pack a lunch. view article arw

A local school district is going above and beyond educating students. It's also helping many parents, struggling to provide basic necessities for their kids. "There is a feeling of poverty," Edgewood ISD Police Chief Jesse Quiroga said. It's a call Edgewood ISD employees respond to on a daily basis. view article arw

Local nonprofit Network of Community Ministries is delivering food to low-income students in Richardson ISD. A refrigerated box truck was unveiled in mid-August, according to a press release. The Mobile Food Pantry Program is funded by donations from The Catholic Foundation, Richardson Rotary Club and 100 Women of Richardson. view article arw

With a Trump administration proposal aiming to add restrictions to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), concerns are rising that students in low-income families could have a harder time receiving free meals at school. But school nutrition experts say, if approved, the effects of the proposal on schools offering free meals to all students through the National School Lunch Program’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) would not be immediate. view article arw

They might sound a little morbid, but these numbers prove an important point about North Texas. On average, Collin County residents live 82 years. Just 25 miles to the south, in the 75216 ZIP code, people live an average of 70 years. view article arw

Kids don’t just stop eating when school lets out for the summer. Neither does the Harlingen school district stop feeding them. The district this summer made a vigorous effort to provide balanced meals to local school kids and teaching them about proper nutrition. Those efforts caught the attention of the Texas Department of Agriculture. The district’s nutrition department has once again earned TDA’s Best of the Brunch Award in the 2019 Farm Fresh Challenge for the Summer Meal Program. view article arw

School is about to start at Austin Independent School District, and leaders have made some changes when it comes to school lunch. On Aug. 19, AISD Superintendent Paul Cruz and the district's executive director of food services visited a school cafeteria to try new items that have been added to the 2019-2020 school year. view article arw

Program: CBS 11 News EveningCategories: Food & Drink, News, Local News, KTVTTV, Top Story Lunch is going to look and taste very different for Fort Worth ISD students who get ready to return to school on Monday. view article arw

Austin Independent School District recently announced it will increase the number of campuses participating in providing free breakfasts and lunches from 43 to 82. The program is made possible through the Community Eligibility Provision, a federally funded meal program offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. view article arw

Keene ISD students will have new, healthier meal options that won’t cost them a dime this school year. Starting this fall, the district qualifies for federal funds through the Community Eligibility Provision program, which provide free meals to all students. “It’s going to make such a big difference in our families,” said Ricky Stephens, Keene ISD superintendent. view article arw

 Cedar Hill ISD has announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the attached current income eligibility guidelines. view article arw

Last school year, the Bastrop school district rolled out a Breakfast in the Classroom pilot program to three elementary schools. The program was such a hit, school officials said, that they’re expanding it to five additional campuses for the 2019-20 school year. It began last year with the three elementary schools with the highest number of students eligible for reduced-price lunches — Cedar Creek Elementary, Lost Pines Elementary and Red Rock Elementary. This week, the school district announced that it will be expanding the program to another 4,000 students at Mina, Emile and Bluebonnet elementary schools, as well as Cedar Creek and Bastrop intermediate schools. view article arw

The Florence Independent School District will be offering food services to students at no charge for the upcoming school year, serving approximately 1,050 students enrolled in the district. Superintendent Paul Michalewicz said there are certain school districts that are a better candidate for this program. “Part of being a good candidate for this program is an efficiently run food service program,” Michalewizc said. “A school district that does not operate efficiently would not be able to participate in this program, because they would not be able to cover those costs.” view article arw

The Austin Independent School District is expanding the number of schools providing free breakfast and lunch to students. 82 campuses will now participate in the community eligibility provision this school year. It's a federally funded meal program offered through the U.S Department of Agriculture. 43 schools took part last year. view article arw

Comstock Independent School District announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under income eligibility guidelines. The central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone upon request, the school district announced. Starting Aug. 14, Comstock ISD will begin distributing letters to the households of the children in the district about eligibility benefits and any actions households need to take to apply for these benefits. Applications also are available at Comstock ISD, 101 Sanderson St., Comstock, Texas 78837. view article arw

Conroe ISD will provide free and reduced-price meals to qualifying children in the 2019-20 school year, according to a press release. When school begins Aug. 14, CISD will begin distributing letters to households in the district about applying for free and reduced-price meals. view article arw

Leander ISD and Pflugerville ISD recently announced application for their free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch programs for the 2019-20 school year is now open. view article arw

Leander ISD officials are accepting applications to apply for free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs for the upcoming school year. The program offers the program to students from low-income households. Parents and guardians seeking to apply for the program can check if they meet income eligibility guidelines by clicking here. view article arw