MISD Child Nutrition Department recognized for achievements in the Farm Fresh Challenge

The Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Sid Miller, announced today that the nutrition team at Montgomery ISD has successfully completed the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) 2021 Spring Farm Fresh Challenge.

MISD joined schools and childcare providers across Texas in “Eat Local, Teach Local and Be Social” from April 12 through May 14. The children at Montgomery ISD ate local foods, learned about Texas Agriculture, and the nutrition staff shared their success on social media. The challenge is part of Commissioner Miller’s Farm Fresh Initiative created to connect farmers and ranchers with operators of nutrition programs administered by the TDA. 

“We are honored to have received this award again for the special Spring Farm Fresh Challenge,” Child Nutrition Director Lena Neugebauer said. “We will always strive to serve high quality, Texas-grown products to the students of Montgomery ISD.”

The Spring Farm Fresh Challenge reflects TDA and its partners’ commitment to introducing Texans to local foods and supporting Texas farmers and ranchers. TDA delayed the start of the challenge to allow agricultural producers a chance to assess product availability after Texas’ winter storms. Schools and childcare centers were encouraged to use these current events in their lessons about the hard work and dedication required to bring food to the table. Prioritizing agricultural education and Texas foods during the challenge was a great way for partners to strengthen local economies and recognize the efforts of Texas farmers and ranchers.   

“The Farm Fresh Challenge plays a critical role in connecting Texas farmers and ranchers directly with school children, child care providers and local communities,” Commissioner Miller said. “Texas agriculture has a real impact on students and their daily lives. I want to challenge our kids to make healthy lifestyle choices for every meal they eat by filling their plates with locally sourced produce from right here in the Lone Star State.” 

Montgomery ISD to offer breakfast and lunch at no cost for all students during 2021-2022 school year

Montgomery ISD announced today that for the 2021-2022 school year, healthy meals will be offered every school day, to every student, at no cost.

In a typical year, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-priced meals. Due to the recently issued guidance by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Montgomery ISD can now offer meals to all students at no cost for the entirety of this school year.

 “This is a fabulous opportunity for all MISD families, and we are thrilled that all children can receive healthy meals, at no charge, every day,” Montgomery ISD Child Nutrition Director Lena Neugebauer said. “We encourage our families to take advantage of this opportunity to ensure children are provided meals that empower them to flourish in the classroom.”

The traditional Free or Reduced-price Meal Application will not be required to receive breakfast and lunch at no cost. The district will still offer a la carte items and snacks available for purchase.