The district served over 320,000 meals to 37,000 students and families last week.  Long lines once again formed around Medrano Middle School as Dallas ISD started its once-a-week food pickup program Thursday.  The district’s food service department will now distribute five days of free food at once to families and students as part of its grab-and-go program, moving away from its model of giving two or three days of meals twice a week. Meals can be picked up every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at one of 47 locations. view article arw

No bread on store shelves, no creamer, little butter and one lone 6-pack of macaroni and cheese sits by itself before a shopper snatches it up and guards it in her cart.  Not only are some groceries and household staple items hard to come by through local retailers, citizens are encouraged to stay in their homes and prevent community spread of the coronavirus.  Copperas Cove ISD Director of Child Nutrition and Warehouse Services Melissa Bryan is determined to ensure that all district students and even children outside the district have food to eat not only Monday through Friday, but also on the weekend. view article arw

Weekend meals stopped, for now

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Because of new guidance from the federal government, Ector County ISD Superintendent Scott Muri said the district will no longer be able to supply weekend meals to families so Muri is asking for help.  “We’re (distributing) almost 20,000 meals now, five days a week so this is a really great opportunity for our community to stand up for and support our families in need because we know we have a lot of families that are going to need these meals,” Muri said in a phone interview Wednesday. view article arw

The Austin Independent School District will no longer be providing weekend meals starting Friday. The district says it’s not able to provide them anymore because the Texas Department of Agriculture changed its policy for reimbursement of weekend meals. The district recommends families reach out to the Central Texas Food Bank for food assistance during the weekends. view article arw

When leaders of the Calhoun Intermediate School District’s (CISD) SPLASH/Nutrition program run into parents of the kids they work with, they often hear the question: “You’re the person who got my kid to try a new vegetable. How did you get them to do that?” The answer is simple: through classroom sessions that promote healthy eating and fitness through fun activities – including a lot of food tastings. view article arw

Houston ISD will resume food distribution at its campuses next week, ending a brief suspension of the effort over concerns about worker safety, district officials announced Wednesday.  HISD staff and volunteers will host five daily food pickup points on Monday and Tuesday, then four sites on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, district officials said. Families are expected to receive about 30 pounds of food supplied by the Houston Food Bank via curbside pickup. Each site will have 500 boxes available. view article arw

The leaders of Rockdale ISD say they will stop providing meals to children who are currently out of school. In a letter to families, Superintendent Denise Monzingo says it was a very difficult decision, but that it's challenging to maintain social distancing because of all the people involved in the preparation and distribution of the meals. Assistant Superintendent Pam Kaufmann says they served 504 children Monday and 453 students on Wednesday. She said it's a heartbreaking decision because they understand there is a need in their community but also want to protect against the spread of COVID-19. view article arw

When in-class instruction was postponed indefinitely after spring break, Dallas ISD’s food service department responded with a “grab-and-go” meals program, providing students and families with two or three days’ worth of free pre-packaged breakfasts, lunches and dinners. In its first week of operation, the effort was an unqualified success. Distributing food on Monday and Thursday, DISD handed out over 320,000 meals to 37,000 students and families last week. And then, the district cut its operations in half. view article arw

IRVING, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – It has become a familiar sight at now shuttered schools- lines of vehicles with families waiting to pick up free grab and go meals.  School districts across North Texas now working to help families stretch food budgets while students are confined at home due to coronavirus outbreak restrictions. view article arw

To make it easier for children to stay safe at home, the North East Independent School District is relaxing the rules a bit when it comes to its free meal pickup program. Beginning April 1, parents no longer need to bring their children with them. They can simply show proper documentation, such as the child’s birth certificate or school report card, to pick up meals. view article arw

Following recommendations from Dallas County in order to protect the health and safety of our families and staff, beginning on Thursday, April 2, Dallas ISD will only distribute grab-and-go meals on Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.   view article arw

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – In an effort to keep students and parents from leaving their homes often, Dallas ISD has changed their grab-and-go program by offering a week’s worth of meals that can be picked up once a week.  Students will now be able to pick up their free meals on Thursdays only from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at campuses across the district. The district will provide meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. view article arw

Despite high demand for free food by its students during the coronavirus crisis, Dallas ISD is cutting its food service to one day a week.  DISD announced Monday afternoon that, starting next week, Thursdays would be the only day parents and students would be able to receive grab-and-go meals at 47 locations throughout the district. Previously, DISD distributed three days’ worth of food Mondays and Thursdays.  Over 320,000 meals were given out to 37,000 students and families last week. Moving forward, the district said that students and families would be able to pick up a week’s worth of meals under the new arrangement.  DISD spokesperson Robyn Harris said the decision was made by administrators “in order to protect the health and safety of our families and our staff," better aligning the district’s policies with shelter-in-place guidance that was revised by Dallas County and public health officials late Sunday night. view article arw

Shannon Yearout arrived Monday afternoon at Pasadena High School expecting a modest wait — 10 or 15 minutes long if her three previous trips served as a guide — to pick up free meals for her three kids.  Instead, she found more than 150 cars snaking through the neighborhood around the campus in a line stretching about three-quarters of a mile. view article arw

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The Fort Worth ISD has teamed up with local agencies, like the Tarrant Area Food Bank, for an emergency box distribution to feed families in need.   An emergency food distribution took place Saturday at five different elementary schools. For two hours, cars lined up outside the Leadership Academy at Maude Logan Elementary - one of the locations, for the drive-thru.  A food truck brought in 250 food boxes - with 25 pounds of essential items to feed students, who are not in school right now, and their families. view article arw

Twin sisters Bianca and Berenice Juarez, 16, do not always know where their next meals are coming from. Bianca said their mother typically works at a hotel, but because of the spread of the new coronavirus is not getting many hours. view article arw

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (News Release) - Out of an abundance of caution during the ongoing reaction to the COVID-19 crisis, and with the goal of protecting the wellbeing and safety of Nacogdoches ISD staff and the greater Nacogdoches community, Monday, March 30, will be the last day for mobile meal delivery by NISD. view article arw

Pflugerville ISD is taking care of all three meals for their students. Starting Monday, they'll give out dinner meals, along with breakfast and lunch.  The school district has two pick-up times: breakfast from 8-9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. And parents may pick up breakfast and lunch at the same time. They don't require students be present in order for parents to receive meals. It's also not required that the child be enrolled in the Pflugerville school district to receive a meal, they just need be 18 or younger. view article arw

FORT WORTH — Starting on Monday, March 30, all Fort Worth ISD “meals to go” sites will serve at the same time of noon to 1:30 p.m.  There are a total of 18 different locations across the District providing a daily lunch and morning breakfast for any child between the ages of 1 and 18 years. view article arw

Even with Dallas County’s Shelter in Place Order until Friday, April 3, Cedar Hill ISD will continue to distribute grab and go meals to our community. We have served more than 8,800 meals since the program started on Monday, March 16. view article arw

Beginning March 30, Pflugerville ISD will expand its curbside free meal pickup program and serve dinner for district families. The dinner option will be available for pickup alongside the district’s breakfast and lunch offerings, which are served from 8-9 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1 p.m., respectively, Monday through Friday. view article arw

Federal officials had previously approved a waiver allowing school districts to hand out curbside breakfasts and lunches to parents who show up. Now districts have more flexibility on how and what they feed students in free and reduced-price meals while schools are temporarily closed statewide.  After pleas from Texas school superintendents and lawmakers, t​​​​​he U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday granted school districts more flexibility on how and what they feed students in free and reduced-price meals while schools are temporarily closed statewide due to the new coronavirus.   (26) view article arw

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — West Oso ISD wants to make sure its students don't go hungry while they aren't able to attend classes. The school district will be providing free curbside meals at West Oso High School starting Wednesday.  Breakfast and lunch will be available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and will be given to those 18 or younger. view article arw

March 18, Olney ISD began its feeding program to make sure none of Olney’s children would go without the opportunity to have a lunch or breakfast during the Corona pandemic that has Olney ISD using online classes and social media to make sure the youth of Olney stay on course for graduation and advancement to the next grade. view article arw

Carthage ISD served 833 students on its first day of the COVID-19 closure, Superintendent John Wink said Monday.  About 30 buses were put into the effort, taking one lunch and one breakfast to children across Panola County.  “I will tell you today was a huge testament to the power of our district,” Wink said.  The food delivery was done by noon, Wink said. He thanked Transportation Director Renee Risinger for organizing the delivery efforts and Sodexo Food Service Manager Lloyd Williams and his staff for the meals. view article arw

Dallas County this week ordered a shelter in place, requiring all individuals to shelter at their residences except for certain essential activities, which allows Mesquite ISD to continue serving meals to students during school closures.  The district announced some changes to its meal pickup procedures, moving to a weekly pickup instead of daily.  According to the district, each Wednesday, between 10 a.m. and noon, families can pick up five days of meals for each student in their household. view article arw

Parents with children attending schools within the Southside Independent School District were given an opportunity to pick up instructional packets on Tuesday. Southside ISD spokesperson Randy Escamilla said information and homework packets were distributed to the parents of students ranging from Pre-K to 12th grade. view article arw

Irving ISD will expand its food service program Wednesday to include both breakfast and lunch to students affected by school closures due to coronavirus concerns.  Pick up times are from 10 a.m until 1 p.m. and breakfast and lunch can be picked up at the same time.  Any child 18 and under is eligible for the service. view article arw

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – With schools and businesses shuttered to slow the spread of Covid-19, Dallas ISD leaders are moving quickly to support struggling families: and the lesson brought home Monday is that there are many.  “It’s just chaos right now, you know, because nobody’s working” shares Angel Lopez, a junior at DISD’s Thomas Jefferson High.  With cars snaking out the school parking lot and down the street, Lopez walked to Medrano Middle school, hoping to get meals for himself and a younger brother. The teen has learned quickly that the family will need to stretch every available dollar because the paychecks have stopped. view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Education Agency rolled out a new online tool Friday aimed at helping parents find nearby locations where school systems are offering free school meals while their children are made to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Meal Finder Map launched by the TEA was the result of a partnership with the Office of the Governor and Texas Department of Agriculture. view article arw

7,200. That’s how many meals Lubbock ISD says they prepared today to hand out to anyone under the age of 18. This bag includes breakfast and lunch where you take it from the school to your home. view article arw

Children who rely on school for meals will still be able to get them on a “to-go” basis even as all Texas campuses remain closed.  And they’re bracing for even more families to have needs as businesses are forced to close and workers lose their jobs due to social restrictions designed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.  “Just because classes are out doesn’t mean that hunger ends,” said Michael Rosenberger, executive director of Food & Child Nutrition Services for Dallas schools. “Our biggest messages to families right now is that you are not alone.”Gov. Greg Abbott ordered all schools to close until at least April 3 to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. And some school leaders have expressed concerns that schools could be shut down even longer. view article arw

The city of Katy issued a statement on Facebook related to the coronavirus drive-thru testing site that is being set up at Katy ISD’s Legacy Stadium. “We understand that our citizens are concerned about the activities at Legacy Stadium,” the statement reads. “The City of Katy has been assured that the operation of the testing site will have minimal impact on our citizens.” view article arw

Clint ISD will provide breakfast and lunch service March 23-27 and again on March 30-April 3. The meals will be made available at all schools in Clint ISD to pick up and take home, officials said. Clint ISD said to assist families who cannot walk/drive to the schools, Clint ISD buses will stop at specific locations to drop off meals. view article arw