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 For Immediate Release:

March 21, 2017

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE RECOGNIZES Grapevine-Colleyville ISD FOR SUCCESS IN LOCAL PRODUCTS CHALLENGE

Grapevine-Colleyville — Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) today honored the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD child nutrition department with a Best of the Bunch Award for its achievement in Commissioner Miller’s 2016 Local Products Challenge. Winners of this award successfully incorporated local ingredients from Texas in at least three of the following meal components: milk, protein, fruits, vegetables or grains. These winning schools also offered students an opportunity to learn about agriculture and local food.

“Teaching children about healthy lifestyles and the importance of agriculture by introducing them to nutritious, Texas-grown foods is a top priority at TDA,” Commissioner Miller said. “When our school nutrition partners accepted our Local Products Challenge, they strengthened Texas agriculture and demonstrated their commitment to developing good nutritional habits for the young Texans they serve and their local communities.”

 Participation in TDA’s Local Products Challenge continues to grow year-after-year. More than 140 school districts participated in the 2016 Local Products Challenge. Seventy-seven districts earned a Best of the Bunch Award representing their commitment to serving three or more local products in the school meal served to students.

 “Our child nutrition team works tirelessly throughout the year to prepare healthy and appealing school meals, ensuring our students are ready to learn and achieve their academic goals,” said Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Nutrition Services Director Julie Telesca. ”The Best of the Bunch Award highlights our efforts to serve local products in the cafeteria and make our district a leader in nutrition for the Lone Star State.”

  
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About Nutrition Services

 
GCISD students are served a wide variety of meals that are nutritionally sound, as well as delicious. Meals are analyzed for nutritional content and meet the RDA for each age/grade level. Student/parent input is utilized annually and menu adjustments are often made. Healthy snack choices are provided and nutrition education classes are part of the GCISD curriculum.
 
GCISD Nutrition Services department is self-supported by the money from meals and other items sold in campus cafeterias. Healthy eating habits are formed early in life and can provide a strong foundation for the eating habits we adopt as adults. Students at GCISD are encouraged to make daily food choices that emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains, milk products and lean sources of protein.
 
GCISD's Nutrition Services staff prepares more than 11,000 meals each day for the students and promotes healthy eating choices. Our goal is to help your child feel better today and stay healthy for tomorrow. We hope that students will make smart choices from every food group, find a balance between food and physical activity and get the most nutrition out of their calories.
 
Thank you for the opportunity to serve your child this school year.
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