Killeen Independent School District will start to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students at all campuses Monday, October 5 through Friday, December 18. The limited funding for these meals is available through USDA waivers, as part of the Coronavirus Relief Act, according to Killeen ISD. Meals will be available on traditional school days and do not include holidays or weekends. Students will be able to go through the cafeteria line and receive a free meal. A la carte items will still be available for purchase in the cafeteria. view article arw

The Katy Independent School District is providing free meals to all students in the area, even if they aren’t part of the district, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) extended the food program waiver, the district announced. Katy ISD began providing meals Monday and students can receive free breakfast and lunch through Dec. 31, or pending available funds through the USDA and TDA. view article arw

Donna ISD distributed food to school aged children last week through its meals on wheels program, using the occasion as an opportunity to meet with students and parents to ask about what’s working and what isn’t working as virtual learning continues.  Superintendent Hafedh Azaiez took part in the distribution program Monday, saying that nutrition is key for student success.  “We know, I mean, students who are functioning on an empty stomach cannot learn or produce the same way that students who have some food,” he said. “Also, we don’t want them to eat any kind of meal, we want them to eat a healthy meal.” view article arw

School districts in North Texas have worked tirelessly from the spring, through the summer and now in the fall, to keep kids fed through the pandemic.  A new partnership in the Cedar Hill Independent School District means the district is fighting hunger in neighborhoods where help is most needed.  "The need is great. By watching the news, or our own households, we see there are kids out there that are not eating. There are families out there that are not working," said Rodney McGee, child nutrition director at Chartwells, the district's new food vendor. view article arw

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Chartwells K12 is celebrating Chef Appreciation Week by recognizing five chefs from across the country for their exceptional efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.  WFISD Executive Chef Carrie Richardson was honored as one of the five chefs chosen as a “Hero Behind the Food” for her positive impact throughout the pandemic.  Chef Richardson and her team helped students in Wichita Falls with emergency and summer feeding efforts when the pandemic closed schools. view article arw

Longview ISD will be able to provide free meals to all students through December 2021.  Board president Ginia Northcutt said after the Monday board meeting, the district applied for a program with Texas Department of Agriculture and was approved. Students at the elementary schools already received free meals regardless of economic status.  “It’s important that everyone is fed, it’s hard to concentrate when you have an empty stomach,” Northcutt said. “When we are able to feed all our students for free, it removes another barrier that can cause embarrassment or awkwardness. It’s just a reality that some kids feel awkward because they’re on free and reduced lunches and people know, and I’m glad we can remove that.” view article arw

Many families with students learning at home can't access the free breakfasts and lunches they depended on when their children were attending school in person.  During the final week of a hot Texas August, Jennifer Gradel contemplated walking 5 miles round trip to pick up free meals for her three teenagers from their Livingston school.  Gradel gets a few hundred dollars in federal food assistance benefits for her family, but by the end of the month, food runs low. With the kids at home all day taking classes online, she now has to come up with 30 more meals each week — which they normally would have eaten for free at school. view article arw

The Dallas ISD will begin its weekly curbside meal pickup program for the 2020-2021 school year on Thursday.  Parents, guardians, or students can pick up 10 prepackaged meals – 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches – between 4 and 6 p.m. on Thursday at any one of 46 secondary schools throughout the city.  The program is open only to Dallas ISD students, and will be run like the district’s COVID Meals program, which provided more than 10,000,000 meals to kids in the city between March and August. view article arw

Texas Department of Agriculture waiver allows district to feed all students at no cost to families through December 2020.  Fort Bend ISD has announced that all students can receive free breakfast and lunch at grab-and-go meal sites, district learning centers, and for face-to-face learning starting Sept. 9.  The program is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2020 as a result of a waiver from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). FBISD is encouraging all families to complete a Free & Reduced Meals application view article arw

Keller Independent School District is offering a drive-through meal pick-up service for students who are studying remotely during the 2020-21 school year. Through a partnership with Sodexo, the District's food services provider, meal pick-ups will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day at Keller ISD's four high schools:  view article arw

Sharyland Independent School District (ISD) announced the return of their Grab and Go Curbside meals. The district said starting Wednesday, Sept. 9 curbside locations include Pioneer High School, Garza, Jensen, Wernecke, and Shary Elementary. Sharyland High School, Bentsen, Martinez, Hinojosa, and Shimotsu Elementary. view article arw

As Magnolia ISD students return to in-person instruction for the 2020-21 school year, meals will be available at no cost to all MISD students attending on-campus learning starting Sept. 8, according to an online announcement by the district. This follows an Aug. 31 announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, announcing the summer meal program operators that offered free meals to all children—such as MISD's curbside meal program—can continue through Dec. 31 or until available funding runs out. view article arw

HISD relaunches curbside student meals

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The Houston Independent School District (HISD) is relaunching its curbside student meals today, Sept. 8.  HISD Nutrition Services will provide a daily distribution of pre-packed breakfast and lunch meals per student Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 86 schools throughout the district, according to a press release. view article arw

The Point Isabel Independent School District (ISD) announced lunch distribution for their students. The district said distribution takes place Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 99 bus routes and three curbside locations. view article arw

The Texas Tribune spoke to experts about what the state can expect as schools and universities start school remotely or in person.As schools and universities across Texas begin reopening, families, students and educators are adjusting to remote instruction, schools are preparing to file weekly reports on COVID-19 cases and universities are providing free on-campus coronavirus testing.  The Texas Tribune spoke to epidemiologists and health experts about what the state can expect with schools and universities resuming online or in-person instruction. The Tribune also talked to the same experts about the state's coronavirus data backlog.    (31) view article arw

HARLINGEN, Texas — The Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) announced it will continue its policy to operate the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) for the 2020-2021 school year.  The district said schools qualifying to operate CEP will serve breakfast and lunch to all children at no charge. In addition they will eliminate the collection of meal applications for free, reduced-price, and paid student meals. view article arw

The Leander Independent School District announced Wednesday that one of its employees at Akin Elementary School died “from complications due to COVID.” The announcement, posted by Principal Rebecca Webster and Director of Child Nutrition Services Steve Smith, says Lillian Gallagher was a member of the child nutrition services team for the last two years. “Her passing has affected our campus community deeply, as Lillian had a very sweet and caring way towards children and staff alike,” the announcement said. view article arw

Mesquite ISD Food and Nutrition Services will offer weekly curbside meal kits beginning on Tuesday. Weekly meal kits will be provided to Mesquite ISD families in a manner that promotes safety and social distancing standards. Service will consist of five breakfasts and five lunches. view article arw

The La Sara Independent School District has suspended its summer food program indefinitely after a district employee tested positive for coronavirus. In a letter posted on Facebook, superintendent Alejos Salazar Jr., said suspending the food distribution was in abundance of caution. view article arw

With some changes, Fort Bend ISD’s Grab and Go meal distribution program will continue during the 2020-21 school year, according to a press release from the district. Starting Aug. 17, the first day of school, FBISD students will be able to pick up breakfast and lunch from 10 district campuses. Breakfast will be distributed from 7:30-9 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. When picking up breakfast, students can receive both breakfast and lunch. view article arw

With the first day of remote learning for Spring ISD on Aug. 17, the district’s Child Nutrition Department will again offer curbside meals to ensure all students have the nutrition they need. To simplify pickup and save parent’s time, the district will offer bundles twice a week containing meals for several days. view article arw

Bullard ISD announced its policy today for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the attached current income eligibility guidelines. Each school/site or the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone on request.  Starting on August 1, 2020, Bullard ISD will begin distributing letters to the households of the children in the district about eligibility benefits and any actions households need to take to apply for these benefits. Applications also are available at all school campuses at Bullard ISD.  Criteria for Free and Reduced-Price Meal Benefits view article arw

The Cedar Hill Independent School District and its new Child Nutrition vendor, Chartwells, are finding new and innovative ways to meet the community's needs with "Longhorn Lunches to Go."  Starting on Monday, August 10, Chartwells will begin a meal delivery service for children under the age of 18 at the following locations, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. view article arw

Beginning Wednesday, Allen ISD will offer curbside meal service to all students — bundling meals for pick-up twice a week. The price depends on the student’s eligibility for free and reduced-price meals. This week, families can pick up two breakfast and two lunch meals on Wednesday and Friday. After this week, Allen ISD will offer curbside meals on Tuesdays — two breakfast meals and two lunch meals — and Thursdays — three breakfast meals and three lunch meals — at any of the five following locations: view article arw

Lewisville ISD has extended free summer meals for children age 18 and under and will begin providing curbside pickup meals for students enrolled in the district. Free breakfast and lunch will be available through Aug. 18, and curbside pick-up meals will be provided beginning on Aug. 19. view article arw

There are new reasons to have back-to-school jitters this year.  The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed Rio Grande Valley school districts to a virtual fall semester, and local teachers have been challenged with converting its curriculum onto online platforms.  Shaila Emurla is a fourth-grade teacher at Canterbury Elementary School in Edinburg, and also a curriculum designer. She said the task has “definitely been a huge learning curve.” view article arw

he Nederland Independent School District announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under current income eligibility guidelines. Each school/site or the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone on request. view article arw

Curbside meal service for New Caney ISD begins Monday, Aug. 10 for students grades PreK-12. The district said students will receive a free breakfast. Lunch will be charged according to the National School Lunch Program eligibility (full-price, reduced-price, or free depending on eligibility). view article arw

The application deadline for a one-time $285 payment for children who received free or reduced meals at schools that closed because of the coronavirus pandemic has been extended to Aug. 21.  The payment comes from the federal Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer program, which works the same way as benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. view article arw

All students at 24 qualifying schools in Garland ISD will get free breakfast and lunch on school days this year, the district announced Thursday. view article arw

Magnolia ISD’s child nutrition department had provided nearly 160,000 free meals for children during the pandemic as of June 30. The school district, like others in the region, began distributing meals after the pandemic forced campuses to close for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. view article arw

Leander ISD’s free meal drive-thru program—quickly created to address student nutrition with minimal contact after the coronavirus suddenly closed schools in March—will conclude July 31, according to district officials. Since starting the program March 24, Leander ISD has distributed 96,160 breakfast bags and 95,935 lunch bags as of July 24, according to LISD spokesperson Matt Mitchell. view article arw

Nutrition is key to a successful start to the school year. With many school classes moving online during the pandemic, the way students receive that nutrition has changed. Anthony Independent School District is taking a unique approach to solve the problem: delivering meals to students’ homes directly. Students will receive a breakfast and lunch delivery at some time between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. view article arw

Garland ISD announced that curbside meal pick-ups will be available for all learners during the back-to-school transition and for remote learners throughout the remainder of 2020-21. Families will need to complete an order form every two weeks for each Garland ISD student who would like meal service. To receive meals the first week of school, the first form must be completed by July 27. Meals will be charged to the student’s account according to the student’s eligibility status and/or the eligibility designation of their home school (CEP, BIC, Universal-Free Breakfast). There must be sufficient funds in a student’s meal account to cover the cost of meals, the district website states. view article arw

Houston ISD will resume its curbside meal pickup program July 20 at a dozen locations, including seven in partnership with the Houston Food Bank, which operates 250 partner sites throughout the region. The curbside program was put on hold after July 3 amid concerns about rising COVID-19 cases in the area. At the time, only five locations were offering pickup service. view article arw