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Texas Public School Nutrition Policy

The Texas Public School Nutrition Policy (TPSNP) was established in 2004 in response to the overwhelming increase in the epidemic of childhood obesity in our state. The Texas Department of Agriculture has set a few guidelines regarding food brought from home to ensure that our schools are providing a healthy environment for our students. In order to help you understand the policy and how it effects you and your family, three points of the policy regarding outside food are summarized below. Please contact the food service department or Texas Department of Agriculture with any questions or comments about the policy.

Foods brought into the Cafeteria from home:
The TPSN Policy does not regulate what you pack your own student for their lunch or what you may bring in the cafeteria, but we do ask that if you do bring in outside food from a restaurant or food from home that you only bring enough for your child.

Foods Restricted by the TPSN Policy:  
The TSPN Policy restricts certain foods from being provided to students throughout the school day. Foods restricted by the policy include:candy, gums, water ice, soda waters, and foods that exceed the fat and sugar content set by the policy. For a complete list of foods that are restricted please contact your food service department. These foods are restricted from the classroom until the last scheduled class. These restrictions apply to foods brought by parents, teachers,administration, guest speakers, PTO and other student organizations.This does not apply to the foods you pack for your own child or bring in for them during lunch.  Food brought in to the students at lunch may not be shared among students as students may have food allergies that we may not be aware of.

Classroom Birthday Parties: 
The Texas Department of Agriculture has recognized that celebrating student birthdays with a classroom party is a time-honored tradition. Foods otherwise restricted by the policy are permitted in the classroom for a student's birthday party. It is recommended that those parties be scheduled after the end of the lunch period for the class so that these celebrations will not replace a nutritious lunch. However, federal regulations do not permit otherwise restricted foods to be served in the food service area during meal periods.

Link to TPSN Policy:
Texas Public School Nutrition Policy

The Texas Public School Nutrition Policy is intended to supplement federal policies defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food andNutrition Services. Any questions or concerns regarding the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy may be directed to 1-888-TEX KIDS or squaremeals@agr.state.tx.us.

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