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of the schools. “I was not a popular person,” he said, “but I have to do what’s best for the kids.” The district also does not fry food.

The MISD Student Nutrition department follows both federal and state guidelines for nutrition. When the Texas Department of Agriculture implemented new nutritional guidelines in 2004 to address the growing obesity

“It’s my dream job to feed these kids, and I have an obligation to feed them nutritious meals.”

problem in the state, Jay said that Mansfield ISD only had to change one thing. “We had to take the cheese off a larger burger — a 3.75 ounce burger

  • because the cheese put it over the

allowed fat grams,” he explained. “We had to take the cheese off of one burger to be in compliance with the strictest guidelines in the nation. So we have always, always had the proper nutrition throughout this department’s history.”

That is a proud tradition, which Jay is committed to continuing. Whether kids are getting their meals for free, for reduced price or paying full price, Jay wants their culinary experiences to be positively delicious.

If your child receives free or reduced-price meals during the regular school year, but will not be attending summer school, you can contact the Mansfield ISD student nutrition at 817-299-6040 or the Texas Health and Human Services summer food hotline at 2-1-1.

MansfieldNOW May 2008

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