NISD plans to serve 18 million meals next school year

June 25, 2010

Welcomes Northside Nic to the program

Northside School District's Child Nutrition Services is gearing up for the new school year and working to increase quality and efficiency in Northside cafeterias. Next year, NISD is projected to have an enrollment of 94,369 students.

With a budget of $46 million, Northside will serve approximately 18 million meals in the 2010-2011 school year. NISD cafeterias offer nutrient rich foods, including lean baked meats, fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grain pasta and bread items. Menus over a week contain 30 percent or less fat and 10 percent or less saturated fat.

"All Northside schools serve breakfast and lunch to students during the school year. They offer student-friendly foods, where recipes and food preparation techniques have been modified to reduce the fat, trans fat, salt, and sugar content of the meals, while maintaining the required level of essential nutrients," says Thomas Wherry, Director of Child Nutrition Services. "At the same time, we have increased the fiber, fruit, and vegetable content of the meals," he adds.

Child Nutrition has fully equipped kitchens in 11 high schools, 18 middle schools, and 68 elementary schools. Additionally, Pease Middle School, Sul Ross Middle School, Hobby Middle School, and Health Careers High School prepare meals as satellite centers for four special schools.

Child Nutrition recently introduced its mascot, a friendly and curious monkey named Northside Nic, who was created to teach young students how to eat right and exercise daily. Nic stands for Nutrition Instructional Chimp. Elementary schools will have Nic's message prominently displayed over their serving lines to get the word out on good nutrition.

Northside Nic will also visit elementary school cafeterias and teach about the importance of good eating habits and daily exercise. "The Northside Nic tour will be an excellent opportunity to promote the importance of good nutrition to elementary school students," says Wherry.

For more information about Child Nutrition Services and Northside Nic, visit the Child Nutrition web site.