Child Nutrition Receives State Recognition

Child Nutrition Receives State Recognition for Use of Locally Grown Produce
Posted on 04/29/2019
This is the image for the news article titled Child Nutrition Receives State Recognition for Use of Locally Grown ProduceFor the fourth consecutive year, the Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) honored the Brazosport ISD Child Nutrition department with a Best of the Bunch Award for its achievement in Commissioner Miller’s 2018 Local Products Challenge.

Winners of this award successfully incorporated local ingredients from Texas in at least three of the following meal components: milk, protein, fruits, vegetables or grains. These winning schools also offered students an opportunity to learn about agriculture and local food. Some of our local items were: pizza, sausage, bread, pickles, empanadas, milk, and fresh fruits and veggies. This year, our students have enjoyed Texas grown watermelon and grapefruit.

When students see items like Texas citrus, grains or milk on their lunch trays, they gain valuable exposure to healthy foods and Texas agriculture. That is how the challenge provides lifelong lessons about healthy lifestyles and good nutrition. The challenge also serves up economic benefits for the entire community -each dollar that the district’s Child Nutrition team spent on local foods during October generated up to $2.16 for our local economy.

“Our child nutrition team works tirelessly throughout the year to prepare healthy and appealing school meals, ensuring our students are ready to learn and achieve their academic goals,” said Rachel Arthur, Director of Child Nutrition. ”The Best of the Bunch Award” highlights our team’s efforts to serve local products in the cafeteria and make our district a leader in nutrition.”

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