Food & Nutrition Services
1900 Price Road, Brownsville, Texas 78521
Office (956) 548-8450  Fax (956) 982-2898
Menu Planning
The BISD Food & Nutrition Service plans menus utilizing the Traditional Food Based Menu Planning System. Requirements include specific food group components in specific amounts for specific age/grade groups. Menus served must meet nutrient standards as well as meal pattern requirements. Our menus are planned and analyzed by Registered Dietitians to ensure nutrient goals are being met.

School Breakfast Program

Regulations require that all school meals meet the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In addition, breakfasts must provide one-fourth of the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C and calories as well as no more than 30% of calories from fat and less than 10% of calories from saturated fat.

Offer versus Serve 'Breakfast'
BISD has implemented “Offer versus Serve” at all grade levels. Students are allowed to refuse any one food item that they do not intend to eat. Students must take full servings of at least 3 food items for a breakfast to be reimbursable.

Offer versus Serve 'Lunch'
BISD has implemented Offer versus serve for all grade levels. A student may decline two of the food items. At least three full portions of the five food items offered must be taken for a lunch to be reimbursable.

National School Lunch Program

School lunches must meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Regulations establish a standard for school lunches to provide one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, and calories as well as no more than 30% of calories from fat and less than 10% of calories from saturated fat.

After School Care Program
Regulations require that snacks served must meet the meal pattern requirements    for the ASCP.

Water Availability during Meal Service
As of July 1, 2011, it is required to make potable water available to students at no charge where lunch meals are served.
Requirement may be implemented as follows:
· Water pitchers and cups on lunch tables
· A water fountain
· A faucet that allows students to fill their own water bottles or cups with drinking water

A la Carte Snacks
All snacks sold by FNS meet the strictest standards of the Healthier US School Challenge.

Special Diets

Accommodating Students with Special Dietary Needs The Food & Nutrition Service is pleased to accommodate BISD students with special dietary needs with menu adjustments and modifications. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has set forth guidelines governing the requirements for the implementation of the special diet at the cafeteria level. Listed below are the most important USDA guidelines for parents to know and follow in an easy to understand Question and Answer format. For the USDA document on Accommodating Children with Special Dietary Needs where the guidelines are taken from please follow the link: HERE

Question: My Child has a special dietary need, what is the procedure for having his need accommodated at school? Answer: The first thing is that the student must acquire a diet order from a Physician (that is licensed to practice Medicine in the United States), from a Physician’s Assistant or Nurse Practitioner. After this diet order has been obtained, you must take it to your child’s school nurse. The nurse will send it to the cafeteria manager who will in turn provide it to the FNS Registered Dietitian who will be formulating the child’s school diet. After this diet has been created, the cafeteria manager is then given a copy to implement at the school level.

Question: Are diet orders from Doctors in Mexico accepted?
Answer: No, in order for the diet to be implemented at the school level the order must come from a Physician who is licensed to practice Medicine in the United States. Diet orders are also implemented if provided by another recognized medical authority, which are Physician’s Assistants and Nurse Practitioners.

Question: What if I cannot obtain a diet order from a recognized medical authority? Will my child still be provided a Special Diet at school?
Answer: A child’s diet at school will not be modified without a diet order from a recognized medical authority. The responsibility for feeding the child with special dietary needs will lie with the parents until the order is obtained.

Question: What does the diet order from the doctor need to contain?
Answer: The doctor’s order must contain the following:
1. The child’s disability (if applicable) or diagnosis
2. An explanation of why the disability restricts the child’s diet (if applicable)
3. The major life activity affected by the disability (if applicable)
4. If the child has a food allergy then the diet order must provide the food or foods to be omitted from the child’s diet and the food choices that may be substituted.
5. If the child requires a modified texture diet (i.e., soft, chopped, pureed) the diet order must specify acceptable foods that may be served to the student. (source: TDA Administrator’s Reference Manual) If the diet order is incomplete, it may be returned to the parent to obtain more information from the physician; possibly delaying the implementation of the diet.

Question: My Child has an allergy to Milk; can the doctor request Water or Orange Juice as a substitute for Milk? Answer: Water and Orange Juice can no longer be substituted for Milk on a special diet order (unless the child has a disability and has the substitution stated on his Individualized Education Program [IEP]). Lactose free milk is available to students with lactose allergies as well as certain Soy based milks that have been approved for use by the USDA.

Question: What is the rule for special diets for Children with disabilities?
Answer: A child with a disability that requires special diet modifications must be implemented at the school level with a diet order from a Recognized Medical Authority.

Nutrition Links

Here are some informative nutrition related links that you may find interesting. There will be more links posted on this page as they become available. – An organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture was established to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans. -Texas Department of Agriculture Food & Nutrition Division. This site has a link to the Texas Public School Nutrition policy. Here you will find nutritious recipes for kids and much more. - A fun and easy way to teach and learn nutrition. This site offers nutrition information for teachers, school service professionals, and families. – Hosted by 36 fruit and vegetable characters; makes eating 5 fruits and vegetables a day fun experience for everyone. -The healthier initiative is a national effort to improve people’s lives, prevent and reduce the costs of diseases, and promote community health and wellness.