Every October, the Local Products Challenge encourages school nutrition teams to incorporate more Texas products into the meals and teach children about healthy lifestyles and Texas agriculture. Magnolia ISD earned the award by meeting the highest standards of the challenge.
“Schools in the Local Products Challenge demonstrate a real commitment to combining nutrition education with support for their local economies and Texas’ bountiful agriculture industry,” Commissioner Miller said. “When a school meal includes products like citrus, lean beef or low-fat milk from Texas, it provides a lesson in healthy eating that lasts a lifetime and an economic boost that benefits the entire community.”
Each year, Texas schools in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs serve more than 900 million meals. TDA’s Local Products Challenge and other efforts, such as Commissioner Miller’s Farm Fresh Initiative, encourage schools to keep buying their buying power close to home to support Texas agriculture and local businesses.
Nearly 180 school districts participated in the 2017 Local Products Challenge –up nearly 23 percent from 2016. This year, more than 75 school districts earned a Best of the Bunch Award. The accomplishment represents a commitment to providing good nutrition and teaching students about the importance of Texas agriculture.