PHARR, Texas – The PSJA ISD Child Nutrition Program (CNP) celebrated the Local Products Challenge to “Be Local, Teach Local, Be Social” at the PSJA Early Head Start Campus which houses children 0-3 years old.

The district’s press release said the event was part of a challenge by the Texas Department of Agriculture to use more local products in the school district’s menus, according to Child Nutrition Director Imelda Palacios.

PSJA Child Nutrition Head Chef Rodrigo Puente demonstrated some of his recipes, including some quesadillas made from local Texas ingredients from the on-campus school garden. 

Students even got the chance to pick carrots and radishes from their garden.

PSJA Superintendent of School Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo attended the event and was pleased to see the engagement and collaboration.

The district’s release added that PSJA ISD continues to provide meals to students during this COVID-19 school closure, every Wednesday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the PSJA Child Nutrition-Transportation Complex on Stewart Road and Business 83 in San Juan.

Families receive up to three days worth of meals for all of their children up to 18 years of age.