The Houston Independent School District will be serving free meals to Houston-area kids at more than 200 campuses beginning this week through mid-July.
March is National Nutrition Month, and HISD’s Food Services Department has been celebrating with new promotions, expanded programming, and even an appearance on the national stage.
Here are just a few of the highlights so far:
Brian Giles, Houston ISD Food Services Administrator, was a guest on Great Day Houston today. Giles talks about the new Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, which limits calories, trans fat, and sodium in school meals, while adding fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. HISD has already added healthy options to the district’s cafeterias and is working hard to curb childhood obesity.
The Center for Public Policy Priorities highlighted two national reports on the National School Breakfast Program. Among the findings:
- Texas has the highest percentage of schools offering breakfast to students of any state in the nation, with 100 percent of schools offering a School Breakfast Program.
- The Houston Independent School District ranks 3rd among urban school districts in the percentage of eligible students eating breakfast at school. In the 2010-2011 school year, almost four out of five (78.1 percent) low-income students at Houston ISD participated in the school breakfast program, compared to just over half (56.2 percent) in the previous year.
Click here for the full press release.