Healthy Children Experience More Success in School!
Improve Your Child's Eating Habits
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has implemented new policies and regulations for school food service. Certain "Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value" (FNMV) and "Competitive Foods" are only allowed during certain times of the day and may not be allowed at all schools.
As part of the states new guidelines, parents are not allowed to bring food for other students' consumption unless it is part of one of the "Nutrition Policy Exemptions Days" and it must meet Texas Department of Agriculture's guidelines. The new rules impact the kinds of foods allowed and the portion size. Stricter rules have been in place for the 2007-2008 school year.
Parents are not restricted in what they send to school for their own child to consume.
This is really the beginning of a major effort to modify childhood obesity. Please be aware that stricter penalties are now in place when school districts violate the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy or allow parents to violate the policy.
For more information on the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy refer to www.squaremeals.org or call your Food Service Department at 409-794-2661 ext. 2126 for a complete list of items that are not allowed in schools.