Beginning in the 2022-2023 school year all students will return to paid lunches. The waivers from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that allowed us to provide free lunches has expired and were not extended by the Federal government for the 2022-2023 school year. However, since we do operate the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program families may still qualify for free or reduced price meals. We encourage you to complete an application and return the application to our central office at 6586 FM 1130, Orange, Texas 77632 or your child’s campus. You may find the application by clicking here.
Our goal in the Child Nutrition department is to provide good and healthy food for your child every day. We are always trying new items and are looking for ways to get more students to eat in the cafeteria. We know as parents that children get into a routine and do not want to deviate from that routine. Many times this means not eating healthy foods.
I can assure you that we are serving restaurant quality food in our cafeterias that are not only good, but nutritious and healthy as well. Our school cafeterias follow the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Although these are federally funded programs and there are certain requirements that as a district we must abide by, the food is still good and nutritious.
If your child has not been eating in the cafeteria or “does not like” the food in the cafeteria due to experiences in the past, please have him or her give it another try. They will be surprised at how much the quality of food in our cafeterias has changed.
I expect nothing average from my team of cafeteria managers and their staffs. I expect them to be the best and my goal is that all of our cafeterias will be the premier cafeterias that everyone wants to model their cafeteria after. This is a big goal, but a goal that we will rise to.
If there is ever a concern or question about the Child Nutrition department or the operation of our cafeterias, please do not hesistate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve Lisbony, Child Nutrition Director