The Truth About Snacks at School
Schools make available additional snacks that can be purchased, otherwise known as a la carte items. A la carte items range from whole fruits and 100% fruit juices to ice cream and cookies.
These snacks are regulated in the same manner as our reimbursable meals by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Here are some facts about the snack guidelines RRISD adheres to:
- All fresh baked cookies are made with whole grains
- Non-milk beverages cannot exceed 30 grams of sugar per 8oz serving
- Flavored milks cannot exceed 30 grams of sugar per 8oz serving
- All chips are reduced fat and/or baked
- Whole fruit is available to purchase
We value a system that respects our environmental responsibilities and encourages practices that reduce our carbon footprint and promotes sustainability.
- Engagement with area organizations that promote community welfare
- “Green Thread” which identifies environmental stewardship programs related to: sustainable food, responsible procurement, green buildings, energy and water conservation, transportation and waste stream management
- Fresh Locally Grown program to identify local produce
- Farm to School programs that support local farmers and promote nutrition
- Organic program identifying USDA Organic products
- Partnership with United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI), largest distributor of natural products in the U.S.
Currently, our cafeterias recycle the following items:
- Corrugated cardboard
- Cooking Oil