Regular school classes weren’t in session over the summer, but that didn’t stop the Duncanville ISD Nutrition Services Department from serving. They fed more than 26,500 meals as part of the district’s Summer Meal Program. Children aged 18 and younger were provided with free breakfast and lunch at three district campuses.
Free breakfasts are continuing into the 2011-12 school year as well. All elementary and intermediate students have the opportunity to receive a free breakfast at their campus if they arrive at least 15 minutes before the school day starts. This Universal Breakfast in the Classrrom program is part of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) School Breakfast Program. It allows schools that have high concentrations of free and reduced-price eligible students to serve breakfast in the classroom at no-charge to all students, regardless of free or reduced-price meal status. Increased federal reimbursements from the free and reduced-price breakfasts cover the cost of the paid ones served at no charge.
Nutrition Services Director Donna Thomas also hopes to implement Express Breakfast programs at every elementary, intermediate, and middle school campus by the end of the school year. Express Breakfast is a type of Breakfast in the Classroom program that features hot food items like pancakes on a stick or chicken sandwiches. Students go through cafeteria lines to pick up their pre-packaged breakfasts before going to the classroom. “It will be a challenge, but it will also be a great opportunity for our students,” she says.
Other changes in district cafeterias include new menu items like chicken and dumplings, BBQ roasted chicken, fruit parfaits, Mexicali corn, creamy coleslaw, and fresh cucumbers with yogurt dip. “Our goal is to always provide more healthy and attractive meals to our customers,” commented Thomas. “We also changed the look of the elementary menus. They are colorful and more kid-friendly.”
One more noteworthy piece of news is that Duncanville ISD’s Nutrition Services Department will receive a visit from the Texas Department of Agriculture this year to monitor compliance with national school lunch and breakfast programs. Menus have been planned around new mandates proposed by the USDA. Patrons may also have noticed an increase in prices – for the first time in more than five years, breakfast and lunch meal prices for Duncanville ISD have been increased by $0.15 to meet new USDA regulations that went into effect July 1, 2011. The required increase is a result of the passage of theHealthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010,which requires school districts who receive funding under the National School Lunch Program to reduce the gap between the amount of money charged for meals and the amount of Free/Reduced meal money for which the USDA reimburses the district. Additional future increases in may be required to meet all provisions of the Act. To see a list of current prices along with elementary and secondary menus, pleaseCLICK HERE.
Courtesy of Duncanville ISD Friday Informer