McKinney ISD is continuing to make sure students and their families are staying fed this summer, thanks in part to a partnership with Plano-based Minnie’s Food Pantry.  Every other Wednesday this summer, McKinney ISD parents can drive up to Scott Johnson Middle School and get a package of food intended to feed a family of four for two weeks. view article arw

KINGSVILLE, Texas — Kingsville ISD announced over the weekend that it is ending the summer meal program a week early. This news came after one worker tested positive and another was exposed to COVID-19.  Michelle Butler, the Director of Food Service at Kingsville ISD, said the district has shut down and is now performing the necessary sanitation of their facilities. view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Keeping kids fed in the summer is more critical than ever as COVID-19 has left many parents without jobs.  In Central Texas, “People for Change Texas,” a local group that helps make sure kids get meals, is stepping up to help by offering free meals until August in the Manor Independent School District.  “I am going to sixth grade next year,” said Han Truong, as she stopped by Decker Elementary with her family. “I want to go to my school and see the lockers and just experience the whole sixth grade experience.” view article arw

Klein ISD has extended its free curbside meal service through July 30, according to a June 25 news release. As previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper, the district offers meal kits to children under the age of 18 on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m at the following locations: view article arw

Klein Independent School District announced Thursday, June 25, that the Nutrition and Food Services department has been granted permission from the Texas Department of Agriculture to extend the serving of free multi-day meal kits through July 30 at all curbside hubs. view article arw

Tomball Independent School District announced Tuesday, June 22, that its final curbside meal service originally scheduled for June 24 was canceled, bringing an end to the service that’s been providing students free meals at Tomball High School. view article arw

The South Texas Independent School District (ISD) is suspending their curbside meal pick-up initiative. The district says campuses will be closed from June 29 to July 17 and will not be serving meals. The meal distribution will resume July 20, said the release. South Texas ISD provides meals Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Below are the locations as stated in the release: view article arw

Tomball ISD announced in a letter to families June 22 that its final curbside meal distribution of the summer has been canceled for June 24 out of an abundance of caution.  "The decision to cancel was due to several factors, including a confirmed COVID-19 case within our school community, rising cases across the area and potential threat of inclement weather," Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora wrote. "Tomball ISD has worked hard to make sure proper protocols are put in place to ensure the health and safety of our staff and families during curbside meal distribution over the last several months." view article arw

Round Rock ISD announced June 16 that the district will continue curbside meal distribution through July 31. The district is providing lunch and breakfast for the following day to students under the age of 18. Pickup times run Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Weekend meals are available for pickup during Friday meal distributions. view article arw

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) bus operators are making sure that Dallas Independent School District (DISD) and Garland Independent School District (GISD) students continue to receive the meals they need through the summer. view article arw

The coronavirus pandemic isn’t showing signs of slowing down as cases continue to rise in 20 states across the country.  Cynthia Nevels owns a Dallas-based and award-winning food truck called Soulgood that specializes in vegan and vegetarian cuisine. Nevels said she understands the great need many families have for fresh food and vegetables while juggling a tight budget.  Nevels teamed up with a newly formed nonprofit, Feed the Front Line, to provide more than 600 hot and plant-based meals. view article arw

The Lewisville Independent School District Child Nutrition Department is continuing free meal service through August for children age 18 and under. In mid-March, when LISD extended spring break closure in response to COVID-19, the child nutrition department implemented emergency feeding to provide meals for children through the duration of the 2019-2020 school year. Now that the official school year has ended, free meal sites will remain open through summer months. view article arw

BRENHAM, Tex. (KBTX) - Brenham ISD says its summer food program will continue through July 29.  Distribution will continue at Brenham High School from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Every child in the vehicle between the ages of 1 and 18 will receive one food box. Each box will contain five breakfast and five lunch options. view article arw

The idea for Food For Heroes began when Bellaire High School junior Bryce Liu saw an organization in the Boston area paying restaurants to deliver food to health care workers fighting against COVID-19.  “I didn’t really see any PR for a similar organization in Houston,” Liu said. “So I basically asked Omar and Jeffrey if they wanted to help the community.”  Liu formed the Food For Heroes nonprofit a little over a month ago with fellow Bellaire High School junior Omar Busaidy and junior Jeffrey Chuong from Texas Academy of Math and Science. view article arw

More than 70 percent of Temple ISD’s student body is enrolled in the National School Lunch Program, and now qualify for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) — a program authorized through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  North of $1 billion in total will be distributed to Texas families. view article arw

The district is offering breakfast and lunch on Mondays and Wednesdays between June 1 and June 29. Families can pick up food from 11 a.m. to noon at Oaks Elementary School, Ridge Creek Elementary School, River Pines Elementary School, Humble High School, Humble Middle School and Kingwood Park High School view article arw

PECOS, Texas — The concept of school lunch looks different.   Yet another change brought on by COVID-19.   Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD now handing out sack lunches to be taken home rather than to be eaten in the lunch room. The pandemic has also brought about more need.   "We've had an economic downturn thanks to the oil kind of leaving for a while and so we've seen a lot of families come to pick up our meals," Joy Peters, PBTISD child nutrition director said.  view article arw

It’s part of a new Houston ISD program designed to reach areas where access to fresh food is limited.  HOUSTON, Texas — School buses that normally transport children are now hauling fruits and veggies.  It’s part of a new Houston ISD program designed to reach areas where access to fresh food is limited.  "We have carrots, we have green apples and red apples,” one worker said while holding up a bag.  The "Fresh Bus" program launched last week and is funded, in part, by a state grant. view article arw

Houston ISD says the sites were closed due to a confirmed case of COVID-19. The temporary closure will allow for a deep cleaning and sanitization.  Six curbside summer meals sites and all Fresh Bus produce delivery stops have been canceled for Thursday, June 4, following a confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus, Houston ISD announced.  The six summer meals sites that are closed Thursday include Bastian, Foster, Shearn, Thompson, Whidby and R. P. Harris elementary schools. All other scheduled summer meals sites will remain open. view article arw

Beginning June 3, Curbside Grab and Go meal service will continue under the National School Meal Program through July 28. At the specified locations, distribution of five breakfast and five lunches is available to any child age 18 or younger every Wednesday. NO applications are needed for summer meals but the child must be present. view article arw

Starting June 1, summer meal programs across Texas will start providing to-go meals for children ages 1 to 18 across local districts. However, guides for social distancing are creating major changes for the annual program. Check with your student’s district for times, locations, and additional information.  Because of eased requirements from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), students are no longer required to be present to receive meals. Parents will need to bring one of the following documents to a meal site: view article arw

LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Today, Lufkin Independent School District families may be eligible to receive pandemic electronic benefit transfer benefits to buy food.  Officials say the application is now open.  To receive the PEBT benefits, those eligible are children 5 to 18 years old who received SNAP food benefits for the month of March 2020 and children up to 21 years old who are certified for free or reduced-price meals at school in Texas during the 2019-20 school year.  Children that attend a school that offers free meals to all students are eligible as well. view article arw

Marble Falls and Burnet school districts will continue to hand out grab-and-go meals into the summer, providing youths up to age 18 with breakfast and lunch.  Parents need only drive up to any of the districts’ meal distribution sites at scheduled times, and staff will hand them the meals. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, students do not need to accompany parents, but some form of documentation showing the parent has a child in school might be requested. view article arw

Cy-Fair ISD will continue serving meals curbside to children 18 years and younger throughout the summer until school returns in August, officials said. Since the program began March 16, the school district has served more than 800,000 meals at no cost to local families. view article arw

Houston ISD is helping bring fresh food to kids while school is out for the summer.  HISD Nutrition Services and Transportation Services came together for the Fresh Bus produce delivery program. Expected to run through July, the program will deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to more than 36,000 students at 68 elementary schools. The Fresh Bus program is funded by a grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program. view article arw

Officials with Keller ISD and Northwest ISD have announced that district drive-thru meal programs will continue throughout the month of June. NISD will offer meal pickup at two district campuses from June 1-30. Meals are available to children age 18 and younger and can be picked up “using a grab-and-go format” every Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., officials said. view article arw

CANYON, Texas (KFDA) - Canyon Independent School District is offering free meals to students until June 30.  The free meals are for students up to 18 years old and includes breakfast and lunch.  Parents and students can pick up the meals 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday at Lakeview Elementary, Sundown Lane Elementary, Westover Park Junior High and Canyon Junior High.  Summer meals can also be picked up at the Meals on the Move locations, which include: view article arw

TEXARKANA, Texas - The Texarkana, Texas Independent School District (ISD) will offer free meals during the summer through July 31.  The district will have two locations set up for grab-and-go meals at Theron Jones Early Literacy Center and Texas Middle School. Both locations will be open from 10-11:45 a.m.  The district says it will have several buses set up for students who can't get to the grab and go locations. The district says the buses will run Monday through Friday to another three or four locations.   view article arw

Due to school closures from COVID-19, Texas received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide more than $1 billion in pandemic food benefits to families with children that have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals.  Houston ISD families may be eligible to receive a Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer, a one-time benefit of up to $285 issued on an EBT card to assist families during the district's closure. view article arw

As the summer break gets underway, Katy Independent School District is ready to provide free meals and nourishment to area children and teens in need.  Summer meals will be distributed beginning 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, through Friday, May 29. But starting on Monday, June 1, through Tuesday, June 30, the district will distribute its grab-and-go meals Monday through Thursday, each day from 9 to 11:30 a.m. So what used to be the Friday meals will be distributed on Thursday. Therefore, people picking up meals on Thursday will get two days of meals. The meals will be distributed in the following locations: view article arw

After two months of distributing food across the community in partnership with the Houston Food Bank, Houston ISD is changing gears for the summer.  On June 1, the district will launch a twice-a-week curbside program, offering several days' worth of boxed meals for students at 68 school sites. view article arw

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Volunteers gave out 1,000 gallons of milk to 500 families on a rainy Monday, the first day of the Mayor’s Milk Initiative, the Dallas Mayor’s Office said in a news release.  Based on the responses of recipients regarding their household sizes, more than 2,200 people were helped by the Memorial Day distribution. view article arw

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Amarillo ISD will continue serving free meals to students after the official school year ends on May 22.  Amarillo ISD families can currently drive through one of 16 school campuses Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a curbside-style service that includes a meal for lunch and breakfast for the following day. On Fridays, families receive three lunches and three breakfasts per student to accommodate for the weekend. view article arw

Plano ISD is offering free grab-and-go meals for students over the summer. Students 18 years old and younger will receive a free lunch and a breakfast for the following day. Anyone picking up meals without a student present must provide documentation, which can include a student-issued identification card, report card, birth certificate or the verification letters that families are currently providing when they pick up meals. view article arw

The campuses and departments have also selected paraprofessionals of the year and Child Nutrition and Maintenance have named Department Employees of the Year.  Veronica Bias of Little Cypress Elementary is the employee for Child Nutrition and Jeanette Wyatt is the Maintenance Employee of the Year.  Mauriceville Elementary named Angela Jones as Teacher and Mandy Simon as the Paraprofessional recipient. view article arw