Success Stories
2016 National School Lunch Week Successes
During National School Lunch Week 2016, students across Texas had the opportunity to "Vote for a Winning Lunch." The Texas Department of Agriculture developed ballots, a ballot box and other resources schools could use to encourage students to declare victory for good nutrition.

Commissioner Miller Visits Alice ISD for National School Lunch Week

On Oct. 14 Agriculture Commissioner Commissioner Miller with staff at Alice ISD cafeteriaSid Miller visited Alice High School to show his support for National School Lunch Week. Commissioner Miller took time to visit with the food service staff and offer his encouragement for their work to serve fresh, nutritious foods. 

In addition to celebrating National School Lunch Week, Alice ISD participated in the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Local Products Challenge throughout October. Krystle Flores, the food service director at Alice ISD said they served local foods and Texas watermelon during National School Lunch Week. Photo courtesy of Alice ISD.

School Lunch Candidates Debate at Copperas Cove ISD

On, Oct. 11, Assistant Angela Olige at Copperas Cove ISD during National School Lunch Week.Commissioner for Food and Nutrition Angela Olige and Student Engagement Specialist Lindsay Baerwald visited Clements/Hollie Parsons Elementary School in Copperas Cove ISD to kick off National School Lunch Week 2016. 

Students in 3rd through 5th grades were on the campaign trail with Texas produce and candidates from all the vegetable subgroups — Miss Candidates debate at Copperas Cove ISD during National School Lunch Week.Other, Miss Starchy, Mr. Legume, Miss Red & Orange, and Miss Dark Green. These candidates gave campaign speeches outlining why they should win the election as the best vegetable subgroup and participated in a live debate! Following the debate, students got to meet the candidates and enjoy a Taste of Texas from each of the candidates' subgroups featuring delicious produce grown right here in the Lone Star State!

School Lunch Candidates Hit Campaign Trail in Judson

At Judson ISD in San NSLW Candidates at Judson ISDAntonio students had a chance to meet actual candidates from the “Vote for a Winning Lunch” campaign during National School Lunch Week. The child nutrition team sent candidates Mr. Cookie and Ms. Sandwich out on the campaign trail to several elementary campuses.

  • The Judson ISD nutrition team developed these descriptions of the candidates:

  • Ms. Sandwich is a healthy lunch option with whole grain breads, vegetables and delicious fruits. She wants you to vote for a healthy lunch by always picking whole grains, fruits and vegetables for lunch!

Mr. Cookie is also made with whole grains, but he does not have the healthy fruits and vegetables that students need to learn and play well.

Students were encouraged to cast their ballots for the candidate who best represents a healthy school lunch. The students had a lot of fun meeting their candidates and casting ballots at lunch time. 

“We believe this was a very successful means of getting the students excited and involved in this year’s NSLW,” said Carlie Rauschuber of the Judson ISD Child Nutrition Department. Photo courtesy of Judson ISD.

2015 National School Lunch Week Success Stories
In October 2015, schools across Texas used the Texas Department of Agriculture theme "Discover the Great Plate of Texas with a Healthy Lunch"  to successfully introduce students to local products during National School Lunch Week, Farm Fresh Fridays and Local Products Challenge events. Success stories here and on the Farm Fresh Fridays pages show the innovation and creativity Texas schools use to introduce students to healthy meals.

Magnolia ISD Helped Students Discover Healthy Texas Foods


Coppell ISD Serves up Fun with Food Art, Local Products

2014 National School Lunch Week Success Stories

Texas students celebrated National School Lunch Week (NSLW) 2014 during the week of October 13-17 with the theme “Score Big with a Healthy Texas Lunch.” Across Texas, NSLW and the Texas Department of Agriculture's Local Products Challenge created excitement about school meals and Texas products. Success stories from the 2014 NSLW are featured below and more will be added. Please submit success stories to Walter Brewer by sending an email to Walter.Brewer@TexasAgriculture.gov.

Magnolia Students Celebrate the Tastes of Texas During NSLW  Maximize 

Eagle Mountain-Saginaw school gets Rowdy for NSLW  Maximize 

Texas Pumpkins Take Center Stage at Sanger ISD NSLW Celebration  Maximize 

Special Guests Help Lackland ISD Serve Tasty School Lunches  Maximize 

2013 NSLW Success Stories
The schools featured below were included in the School Nutrition Association magazine's coverage of the 2013 National School Lunch Week celebration. Read about last year's National School Lunch Week successes from school districts across Texas.
Anthony ISD Lassoes a Texas-Size Celebration  Maximize 

Raymondville ISD Students Extend NSLW Celebration by Decorating Texas Grown Pumpkins  Maximize 

Round Rock ISD Features Tasty Texas Foods for NSLW  Maximize 

Harlingen CISD Shines During National School Lunch Week  Maximize 

Special Guests Serve Up NSLW Fun at North East ISD  Maximize 

Copperas Cove ISD Shows Texas-Size Enthusiasm for NSLW  Maximize 

La Vernia ISD Hosts Long List of NSLW Events  Maximize 

Glen Rose ISD Students Explore New Foods for NSLW  Maximize 

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