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The initiative is expected to reach an extra 200,000 students in the nation’s biggest school district. It is not anticipated to cost the city additional money.
Students had been requesting Cuban food on campus. Vicky Cafe will serve traditional Cuban cuisine, including tostadas, pan con bistec and cafe con leche.
Its five cafeterias were remodeled with decor ranging from a jungle to a 1950s-style diner. The district’s foodservice fund was used to pay for all the renovations.
The move came about after HISD received approval from the USDA and the Texas Department of Agriculture. All of the 210,000-plus students enrolled will benefit.
The greenhouse will supply food for one of the district’s high schools and is a part of Marion County Hospital District’s Fitness and Nutrition in Schools project.
The plan allows students who move in early to get on a plan before the semester starts. The plan lasts one week, ending when the fall semester’s meal plans begin.
Starting this fall, students will be able to enjoy on-the-go items such as bento boxes and Greek yogurt panna cotta.
The yearlong test program may eventually become a permanent fixture.
The new policy is being weighed as a way to reduce the district’s meal deficit. Students who receive free or reduced-price lunches would be omitted from the policy.
A partnership with UM's on-campus farm aims to aid the university’s sustainable sourcing goals...

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