Cars were lined up for more than a mile Tuesday afternoon waiting for the Houston ISD food distribution center at Revere Middle School. The cars snaked their way from the school at 10502 Briar Forest Dr. and up Beltway 8 to Hershey Park. Officers with Precinct 5 Harris County Constable Ted Heap’s office were on hand to help control traffic, particularly as cars got off the Sam Houston Tollway near Deerwood Drive. view article arw

At Rivera Early College High School, cars lined up Tuesday morning in a line that took under 10 minutes to get through to receive two days worth of meals prepared with everyone’s health and safety in mind.  By the time everyone had been served some 550-650 cars had gotten a hot meal for today and a cold one for tomorrow plus milk, fresh fruit and breakfasts for both days, some 2,400 meals on Tuesday and 4,800 meals for the week, site coordinator Angel Lopez of the Brownsville Independent School District Food and Nutrition Services Department said. view article arw

Several school kitchens remain in operation across the Rio Grande Valley providing meals to children in the district. At Hidalgo Independent School District, meal pickup services have been in place since orders to close schools were issued due to the coronavirus. Now, every Tuesday, the district hands out 1,500 meal kits, each complete with 10 meals for each child under the age of 18. view article arw

CONROE, TX -- Conroe ISD will be distributing free meals to students on Tuesday, April 21, and Thursday, April 23. Students may pick up meals from 10 AM - 1 PM or as long as they last. Meals will be distributed curbside at the front of Austin Elementary, Caney Creek High School, Conroe High School, Grand Oaks High School, Hauke High School, Knox Junior High, Oak Ridge High School, The Woodlands College Park High School, The Woodlands High School, and Washington Junior High. view article arw

An Arlington ISD elementary school that was one of the district's meal pickup sites will close for cleaning after an employee tested positive for the new coronavirus, the district says.  The employee, who was preparing meals at Swift Elementary School, started to exhibit symptoms Friday and tested positive Sunday, Arlington ISD Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos wrote in a letter to parents. view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas — Cars lined up for miles outside of NRG Stadium for a chance at free food.  Houston ISD and the Houston Food Bank worked together to feed families in need on Saturday afternoon.  Cars passed through a makeshift food assembly line.  Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said, “I’m in awe but I’m also very proud of what’s taking place here today.” view article arw

The responsibility of serving roughly five million school meals each day in the state is now is a maze of regulations and patchwork waivers as those at all levels of government trudge through COVID-19. In Denton ISD alone, approximately 22,000 students got some amount of food from schools each day before classes went online. view article arw

McKinney ISD is preparing to expand its meal program starting April 24. Currently, the district provides grab-and-go meals for breakfast and lunch in the parking lots of certain district schools. Beginning April 24, the program will expand to include not only lunch for Friday and breakfast for Monday, but also breakfast and lunch for Saturday, the district announced April 15. view article arw

Richardson ISD has partnered with the Network of Community Ministries to assist families who are struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a recent video, Network of Community Ministries CEO Cindy Shafer and Richardson ISD Superintendent Jeannie Stone discussed the Network’s efforts to help students and others. The Network is now providing about 1,600 weekend food boxes for Richardson ISD students. “I know you’re working around the clock to meet needs and we are so grateful,” Stone told Shafer in the video. view article arw

Houston ISD continues its citywide food distribution program this week, April 20-24 at 25 sites, in partnership with the Houston Food Bank. Each site is able to distribute 500 bags of food per day. Volunteers will fill out the required Emergency Food Assistance Program forms for each recipient in order to minimize contact. view article arw

MANOR, Texas (KXAN) — Manor Independent School District is suspending its meal service, academic packet handout and technology distribution Friday after two additional food service employees tested positive for COVID-19, with another potential diagnosis pending.  District Superintendent Dr. Royce Avery sent a letter to parents about the situation, and said the move is being done “out of an abundance of caution.”  The district says the infected employees last prepared and handed out curbside meals April 9 at Manor New Tech High School, where the first COVID-19 case of food service workers was reported Monday. view article arw

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Manor ISD says it is suspending meal, academic packet, and technology distribution after two food service employees recently tested positive for COVID-19. The results for a possible third diagnosis is still pending. The district said the suspension is effective Friday, April 17 until further notice. Manor ISD said the employees most recently prepared and distributed curbside meals at Manor New Tech High School on Thursday, April 9. The location has since been closed. Staff who may have had direct contact with the employees have been directed to self-quarantine for the next 7 days. Parents who picked up food at Manor New Tech High School last week are being asked to monitor for any flu-like symptoms and call their doctor if any symptoms arise. view article arw

The Leander Educational Excellence Foundation and Hill Country Community Ministries have partnered to create an emergency fund to help Leander ISD staff and families who may be struggling due to coronavirus concerns. The fund will help with food and utility bills, said LISD trustee Elexis Grimes, who announced the fund at the trustees’ April 16 meeting. view article arw

The Austin Independent School District says spring registration for elementary schools for the 2020-2021 school year is happening online – instead of on campuses – because of the COVID-19 pandemic. view article arw

ANGLETON — More than 450 families affected by the COVID-19 crisis have one less worry after being able to collect free food Wednesday from the Angleton School Market. Ten pallets of food were delivered to Angleton Junior High and distributed in drive-thru fashion, Angleton ISD Superintendent Phil Edwards said.  “We’re running out of boxes of food every time we do this,” Edwards said. “We schedule these to go for four hours every time, but we’ve run out before that almost every time.”  All of the food for the market is brought on a truck from Houston. view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The need for food in Central Texas is critical. On Wednesday, hundreds of cars filled the parking lot of LBJ Early College High School in northeast Austin for one of Central Texas Food Bank’s mass distribution events.  “We’re all in this together,” said one person waiting in line. “We’re all suffering. This is affecting everybody.”  On a regular week, the food bank feeds close to 50,000 people, but since the pandemic began the food bank has experienced a spike in demand. view article arw

Many of the threads holding up Denton ISD’s meal distribution program were brought up during Tuesday’s school board meeting. Speakers covered a lot of ground during the presentation. Below are five of the more important aspects that haven’t been as widely discussed: view article arw

Richardson ISD is reducing the distribution of student meals to three days a week, although enough meals will still be provided to feed students Monday through Friday. The change is intended to limit the health risk for staff preparing and serving meals and for parents and students who are picking up the meals amid the coronavirus crisis, according to an announcement from the district. view article arw

The school lunch lady at your local school isn't usually the first person you think of when the discussion of "heroes" comes up. But it should, especially now. Time Magazine made it official by singling out a half dozen heroes in the Dallas Independent School District's Food and Child Nutrition Services. "We're a team. The food service, the teachers, the custodians, we're all a team. We all make the school work," said Yolanda Fisher, a cafeteria manager at TW Browne Middle School. view article arw

Houston ISD has announced that since Cullen Middle School has now been designated a COVID-19 testing site for the city, the school district will move the food distribution it has been doing there to Hartsfield Elementary at 5001 Perry,  The same guidelines apply: view article arw

Brenham ISD will resume distributing meals to students on Apr. 22. The food service will be modified by providing five breakfasts and five lunches worth of food in one box. The food boxes can be picked up only on Wednesdays at Brenham High School from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and at Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Children must be present in the vehicle. view article arw

Houston ISD moved one of the locations scheduled for April 16. The revised schedule appears below. After resuming food distribution efforts last week, Houston ISD will continue at 25 sites the week of April 13. Under the revised protocol, food kits are prepackaged at the Hexser T. Holliday Food Services Support Facility, then delivered to each of the five daily sites, where social distancing practices are being followed. Each bag provides families 30 pounds of food, the district said. view article arw

DURANT, Okla. (KXII) - Lizbeth Donley swung by Durant High School Monday morning to get several meals for more than just her own two children.  "I'm coming to pick up for our community that we live in, most of the parents aren't able to leave, they aren't able to come so I felt the need to help them," said Donley.  Durant ISD is giving out breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as parents can get enough food for two days on Mondays, and then food for three days on Wednesdays. view article arw

KLEIN, Texas (KTRK) -- Families in Klein ISD in need of meals can get help today.  The district will be distributing backpacks full of food at 11 different locations through the Houston Food Bank Backpack Buddies program.  Under the initiative, buses visit the neighborhoods below to pass out the food from the Houston Food Bank, along with printed lessons from Klein ISD. view article arw

TEXARKANA — Even during the best of times, food insecurity is something many children face in this area and schools have programs in place to address those needs. Now that schools are closed and shelter-in-place orders have been issued, that need has grown exponentially.  Area schools have stepped up to meet that need, with Liberty-Eylau Independent School District, Pleasant Grove ISD, Texarkana, Arkansas, School District and Texarkana ISD keeping food services available and adapting to these unsure times.  Each district is offering meals to students during the week, but with a more personal delivery system. view article arw

Georgetown ISD announced in an April 9 letter to parents that it will combine its breakfast and lunch meal distributions beginning April 14. GISD Executive Director for Communications Melinda Brasher said the decision was made for multiple reasons including safety for everyone to have a once daily engagement in the community as they practice social distancing. She added that it is more efficient for families to pick up once daily, and it reduces the number of staff needed for distribution. view article arw

Since schools closed and businesses started cutting back on staff sizes during the COVID-19 crisis, more families find themselves in need of help until life gets back to normal.  Dallas ISD families have received well over a million meals.  Thursday, the district expects to serve at least 500,000 grab-and-go meals in one day. view article arw

A group of volunteers has distributed meals to students across Dallas Independent School District all year -- but now they're trying to get the word out that they're providing lunch meals amid the coronavirus pandemic. Students can now have convenient and daily access to a free and nutritious lunch at multiple locations. Hunger Busters is expanding its meal distribution program to five locations across Dallas. view article arw

Brownsville Independent School District is bringing back its drive-thru meal program. The district made the announcement Wednesday that the program will move to provide meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its original locations. The program will restart its service next week. view article arw

Fighting for less than a week in the hospital, Patricia Hernandez died after testing positive for COVID-19. "She had pneumonia, she had bronchitis," said Brian Mateus, Hernandez's nephew. Hernandez was a longtime Austin ISD food service worker. She spent 10 years working at Casis Elementary School, and a total of 18 years with the district. "Her working in the food service, view article arw

From Denton to DeSoto, schools have been handing out a lot of curbside meals -- more than 89,000 have been distributed in Fort Worth alone.  When schools first closed, students had to be present in order to receive a meal. But it provided a hardship on parents, so the state relaxed those rules and the lines for meals started to grow.  "The demand is getting great because many people are getting furloughed and laid off from work," said Andrea Fields, assistant superintendent of operations for Duncanville ISD. view article arw

Brenham ISD has suspended all drive-thru meal sites after learning an individual in the child nutrition department serving at the Alton Elementary School and Brenham High School sites is now under self-quarantine due to potential COVID-19 exposure. "Please understand that the individual is not positive for COVID-19 at this time. As a precaution, all child nutrition staff operating the sites have been notified and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days and the sites will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected," said Jessica Johnston, Director of Communications and Community Relations of BISD. view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Just a day after HISD food distribution sites reopened, interim superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan is facing news of a volunteer testing positive for COVID-19. The school district confirmed the positive case Tuesday, just before Lathan and U.S. Rep. Al Green were due to tour a food distribution site. view article arw

SAN BENITO — In an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus through physical interactions, school districts are making changes to their current operations.  San Benito CISD posted an announcement Tuesday on its Facebook page from Superintendent Dr. Nate Carman regarding modifications to its child nutrition program, instructional services and school district offices.  Starting April 13, a week’s worth of breakfast and lunch combos will be provided to each eligible child only on Mondays view article arw