The nonprofit Children at Risk named Aldine ISD a top ranking school district in Texas for providing meals to low-income students.
The nonprofit conducts research and advocacy for children’s issues across Texas. With nearly two million food-insecure children in Texas, school districts are critical players in implementing school food programs. Children at Risk’s annual School Food Rankings evaluate how districts across Texas provide meals to low-income school children by focusing on meal participation rates and after-school meal programs.
Aldine ISD was ranked fifth among large school programs, or districts with at least 50,000 students and at least 60 percent of those being economically disadvantaged. The District also made the ranking in 2016.
Other large school districts in the top nine include San Antonio, Dallas, Houston and El Paso.
Across Texas, more than three million low-income students qualify for free or reduced-price school meals through federal programs such as the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. For many of these children, meals eaten at school are the only substantial meals they will receive during the day.
School food programs are important to curb hunger. They are also linked to better academic performance. Students who are not hungry and have eaten nutritious meals are healthier and ready to learn, with fewer absences and visits to the school nurse.
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