TISD reveals new menu items for the upcoming school year

Texarkana, Texas ISD is cooking up some new menus items and programs to make healthy school meals more accessible to students this year.

In addition to farm fresh food, the district is offering a more mobile food setting.

The menu will feature ethnic cuisines from all over the world, vegetarian options, and whole fresh foods every day.

The TISD Child Nutrition Department showed off some of their new menu options Thursday afternoon to the local media.

Starting this fall, they will be offering students and staff fresh chef created, diverse menus featuring locally grown products.

The district also has foods carts to meet up with students in campus hallways and locker rooms, a Tiger Food Truck, and a build your own breakfast bar.

"My goals are to increase our students access to healthy, wholesome, fresh, whole foods. That's the direction were going. I think you'll see that in our menus," Christie Lammers, Director of Child Nutrition.

The district is not outsourcing food services, but they're adding new innovative concepts.

The Child Nutrition Department is governed by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

In addition to offering free breakfast and lunch meals to students in the Community Eligible Program, some campuses will also begin offering after-school meals.

"Highland Park and Spring Lake Park will offer at risk supper. So after the bell rings, students can eat with us. They can get supper before they go home. If they would like to, at no cost," said Lammers.

School officials say there's currently 7,200 students and 1,000 staff members who participate in the district's meal programs.

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