Five Valley school districts are ranked among the top 10 food programs by a non-profit organization.
After being in 8th place last year, the district placed first in the top 10 school food program. This year with at least 10,000 students, where more than 50 percent are economically disadvantaged, that is according to a report by the non-profit organization Children at Risk, who oversee student participation in cafeterias.
Dr. Hafedh Azaiez, Donna ISD Superintendent, “We have a high percentage of our students who live in poverty and that may be a factor of them eating with us but we also make sure that the quality of food is there for them.”
According to Children at Risk, Donna ISD serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner to more than 90 percent of students every day.
Dr. Azaiez, “You cannot function on an empty stomach. We need to make sure that they are eating quality meals and are fed well in order for them to pay attention in class and learn. It makes us feel very excited and we want to thank our staff for their hard work and obviously we always want to move from good to great and continue the growth.”
The superintendent says students are served breakfast daily in their classrooms to assure student achievement and have plans to add more food items to their menu.
McAllen, Weslaco, Brownsville, and Rio Grande City school districts also ranked in the top 10.