Pearsall ISD, in Partnership with Southwest Food Service Excellence, participates in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Summer Feeding Program. These Programs are means to provide nutritious meals to children. They contribute to a better understanding of good nutrition and better eating habits. Research has proven that students who are well nourished perform better in school. Federal reimbursements are received for meals served to all students.
In 2010, the the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act was passed. New Meal and updated regulations are released every year by the USDA stating that all students must be served a food-based menu option. The food-based menu planning reflects the MyPlate Guidelines so that our students can choose a meal at breakfast or lunch that can include healthy choices from each of the five food categories: protein, grains, fruit, vegetables, and milk. In addition, the meal pattern addresses 4 specific nutrients: calories, sodium, saturated fat, and trans fat.
The food-based meal pattern regulations require your students to take at least a 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetable daily along with two other food categories. This will encourage your student to consume more healthful foods!
Additionally, the updated Smart Snack regulations are in full effect. This guarantees that all food sold in any PISD school during the school day will have to meet more healthy standards. Essentially all A La Carte items and snacks will be healthy, flavorful, and nutritious.
All Proceeds and Revenue generated by the PISD Child Nutrition Department and Caterings go directly back into the District to fund the Child Nutrition Program