The School Nutrition Association has named the Spring (TX) Independent School District its District of the Year in School Nutrition. The District’s Child Nutrition Department was recognized for serving an increasing number of healthy school breakfasts and lunches and for superior financial and program management during the recent SNA Annual National Conference in Washington.
As part of the award, Spring ISD received $25,000 to further improve and enhance their school nutrition program operations. The funds will be utilized to establish a nutrition resource lending library, a “leading by example” staff wellness program, promoting the nutritional quality of school meals to key community stakeholders, expanding the Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) program in the district and conducting nutrition education promotions for students featuring the “Food Power Hero.”
Spring ISD has a history of excellent reviews on state audits of the operation and nutritional integrity of the meals, SNA noted in announcing the award. It menus low fat entrees, a variety of milk flavors in kid-appealing plastic bottles and fresh fruit and vegetables daily. Elementary students can choose from several entrees at each meal service while secondary schools offer eight or more entrees daily.
Spring ISD was one of six districts nationally awarded SNA’s District of Excellence Distinction, which highlights school districts that complete a thorough self-assessment in all four “key” areas in SNA's Keys to Excellence program.