The Texas Department of Agriculture recently concluded an audit of Bryan ISD’s School Nutrition Program, which serves healthy meals and snacks to thousands of children at 23 local campuses. The department issued Bryan ISD an “excellent” review, which a district can only earn with a perfect review of “no findings.”
“Audit results like these can only come from a team effort,” said Sundy Fryrear, director of School Nutrition Services. “From our kitchens, to planning our menus and the many other aspects of school nutrition, the dedication of our staff to serving children healthy meals is worthy of praise.”
School nutrition audits, now conducted every three years, include on-site visits to kitchens, a thorough review of how applications for free/reduced lunches are processed, a check for compliance with national nutrition standards, a review of the exact amount of individual foods being served (by weight) and a detailed analysis of the department’s financial documents.
More than 11,000 of Bryan ISD’s nearly 16,000 students are considered economically disadvantaged, which accounts for the majority of meals served in Bryan ISD. Fryrear’s staff prepares hot, fresh meals without trans-fats, keeping in mind that the healthiest meal some children enjoy each day could well be the one—or more—served at school.
Applications for free and reduced meal benefits are available at the school nutrition section of the Bryan ISD website, and menus are posted, as well.