• child nutrition  

    The Child Nutrition program at Region 18 ESC is a service provided to all CEs throughout the region and is designed to provide information, technical assistance, and support for program compliance, nutrition and management.  Assistance is available through workshops, training sessions, and direct on-site contact with child nutrition program personnel and administrators.

    The Child Nutrition Program provides technical assistance, training and resources to CEs in order to promote effective management of the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, After School Snack Program, Seamless Summer Option, Summer Food Service Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program. This is in accordance with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) regulations. We seek to provide CEs, charter schools and RCCIs with the information they need to operate cost-effective programs that meet the state and federal regulations while meeting the needs of their customers.

    In addition, CEs are offered the opportunity to participate in the multi-regional West Texas Food Service Cooperative.  WTFSC operates two components, food purchasing and commodity processing, that assist participating members to administer fiscally sound food service operation while providing appealing, nutritious meals.

    Services provided include:

    Eligibility Guidance
    Verification
    Counting and Claiming
    Meal Patterns and Dietary Specifications
    Nutrition and Menu Planning
    Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC)
    Food Production Records
    Quantity Food Production and Culinary Techniques
    Human Resource Development
    Standardized Recipes
    CPR/AED Training
    Financial Management
    Nutrition/Food Service Related Technology
    Marketing and Merchandising
    Safety and Sanitation (HACCP)
    Wellness Policy
    Civil Rights Training
    Certified Food Manager Training and Exam
    Procurement
    Customized Training Services
    Resource Library
    Nutrition Education Courses
    Provide technical assistance for the Administrative Review Process
    Provide technical assistance with CADs in the SNP, SFSP, & CACFP Programs
    Training Labs for application submissions and renewals to participate in the SNP, SFSP, and CACFP programs
    Summer Workshops