More than 100,000 Austin public school students were among the first to receive their free breakfast on April 8, 2017, as part of the nationwide breakfast promotion.
The breakfast included milk, eggs, fruit and vegetable.
But some Austin students and parents say the breakfast was far from perfect, with some parents not even getting a chance to eat the food.
AUSTIN, TEXAS — AUSTIN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, Tx.
— A Texas public high school district that was the first in the nation to provide free breakfast for its students has acknowledged a shortage of milk and eggs and other food items in classrooms, leading some parents to complain about a lack of nutrition.
The Austin Public Schools announced on Tuesday that it was eliminating milk and egg products and replacing them with other foods.
The school district is the first school district in Texas to provide such free meals.
“This is the largest single change we have made to the school breakfast program since it was launched,” said David M. Krumholz, vice president of the district’s Public Education, Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee.
“We’ve changed the menu from a high-fat to a low-fat breakfast menu.”
The free breakfast, which was created in 2009, offered a choice of fruit, vegetables, protein bars and breads for students, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
The free breakfast also included a variety of milk, milk, juice and eggs.
But many Austin parents said they did not receive their breakfast and many other children are still missing out on the meal.
The American-Stateman reports that more than 100 Austin public schools received free breakfast in 2017.
“I can’t believe that our students were not able to have breakfast,” said Laura S. Anderson, whose three children attend Austin Public High School.
“If they’re hungry, they can go to a store, and we can feed them something.”
Anderson and other parents have been asking the school district to increase the amount of milk in the breakfast menu.
Austin Public Public Schools said it was increasing milk by two teaspoons a day.
“If you have children that don’t eat, that’s the problem,” Anderson said.
“How many more times do we have to say that?
We’re going to have to change the menu.”AUSTINE PUBLIC SCHOOL, TX.
— Austin Public schools announced on Monday that it is eliminating milk, butter and eggs from its breakfast menu for all students starting on May 1, 2017.
The change will affect up to 5,000 students.
“The goal is to have a healthy meal that our kids can eat and enjoy,” said Superintendent Eric Johnson.
“I want to make sure that the students have that opportunity to have that healthy meal and then have a fun meal with friends, which is what we are doing.”
Anderson said she was disappointed that she could not see her children have breakfast.
“They can go into a store and buy whatever they want,” Anderson told the Austin-American Statesman.
“They have a choice, and I think that we should be able to make it easier for parents to make choices for their children.”
The district says it is increasing milk in its breakfast menus and is increasing protein bars by two-thirds, increasing fat in its sandwich menu by five-fifths and increasing egg counts from two to four.