School lunch helps students power through the day

Harlandale ISD joined districts across the country in celebrating National School Lunch Week Oct. 10 – 14.

The theme “Show Your Spirit” was all about getting students and school officials to show their spirit for school lunch.

Harlandale ISD’s Child Nutrition Department serves about 13,500 breakfast meals and about 12,700 lunch meals daily. All meals served in every campus follow USDA guidelines for all food items and comply with nutrient levels set for each grade level.

“This helps to ensure that every meal is nutritious and has the right amount of calories needed for students to learn and focus in the classroom and to perform at their highest levels on the fields and courts during game time,” Harlandale ISD Child Nutrition Supervisor Roxanne Rivas said.

The district provides meals that contain lean meats, whole grains, an array of vegetable choices, fresh fruit, as well as low fat and low sodium products that contain nutrients for students to power through the day.

Moreover, Harlandale students enjoy the benefit of eating these nutritious, well-balanced meals at no charge. This is made possible by the district’s participation in the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) that allows the district to provide thousands of breakfasts, lunches and after school snacks at no cost.

“This wonderful program allows us to ensure that all students are prepared for the school day and no child is ever hungry in our community,” Rivas added.
 
School lunch helps students power through the day

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