Provide school nutrition programs that adhere to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Texas Nutrition Policy to achieve nutrition integrity. School nutrition services offer students a variety of nutritious and appealing meals that accommodate the health and dietary needs of all students. They can also serve as a learning laboratory that mirrors classroom nutrition education, and a resource for nutrition-related community services. Qualified child nutrition professionals provide these services.
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), Food and Nutrition Division, has authority over the child nutrition program for Texas public schools as a supplement to federal policies. In March of 2004, TDA issued the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy to promote a healthier school environment. To access the school nutrition policy, go to:
- ensures that schools offer nutritious, appealing choices whenever and wherever food and beverages are available on campus
- offers a school breakfast program that provides a healthy start for the day that may not otherwise be available
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