State Awards Grant and Recognition for Child Nutrition’s School Garden Program

CISD students will continue to be able to taste the fruit and vegetables of their labor, thanks to a $45,000 grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture for the Child Nutrition Department’s school garden program.  

All CISD elementary and middle schools, as well as Coppell High School, have school gardens that are maintained by teachers, students and parent volunteers.  The food grown in these gardens are served in school cafeterias and donated to local food pantries, including Metrocrest Services, which serves the CISD community. 

Parent volunteers from Pinkerton Elementary work over the weekend with CISD Gardner Larry Thompson.  CHS students work to cultivate the garden at the school. Keiko Nishino helps maintain the garden at Richard J. Lee Elementary and teaches Lee learners about gardening.  Students at CMS West work in the school’s gardens.

CISD Child Nutrition has received the TDA Expanding 3Es School Garden Grant for three consecutive years.  The goal of the grant is to help CISD students connect with the "3E's of Healthy Living — Education, Exercise and Eating Right."  Child Nutrition will use the grant  funds to enhance school gardens by purchasing equipment, seeds, educational materials and more. Learn more by visiting the Child Nutrition School Gardens webpage at

CISD Child Nutrition also received the “Best of the Bunch” award for participating in the TDA’s 2021 Spring Farm Fresh Challenge. This is the highest award tier available to school districts in Texas.

As part of the challenge, CISD students ate local foods and learned about Texas agriculture, while Child Nutrition staff shared their success on social media.  The challenge is part of the state’s Farm Fresh Initiative created to connect farmers and ranchers with operators of nutrition programs administered by the TDA.

To receive the “Best of the Bunch” award, districts had to serve three or more Texas foods from three different food groups at least once a week in April, lead an education activity and showcase the activity on social media.

Learn more about CISD Child Nutrition at