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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

Frenship ISD and Aramark have announced they will continue to provide curbside meals at no cost to children in the community until further notice, after distributing more than 200,000 meals to kids since March 23. Families will be able to pick up breakfast and lunch for all seven days of the week. Meals are available for all children age 18 or younger, and they do not have to be a Frenship student. view article arw

The Conroe ISD Board of Trustees approved applications for several grants related to the vastly different crises that have affected the district this school year: Tropical Storm Imelda and the COVID-19 pandemic.  Among the multiple grants that the board approved applications for during its monthly meeting Tuesday were the Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations Grant and the Texas Education Agency Instructional Continuity of Learning Grant. view article arw

On May 19, Plano ISD announced several assistance options that will be available over the summer, including free meals, social services and free counseling. Free meals for those in need of assistance will be available beginning May 26 and will continue to be distributed throughout the summer Monday through Friday. Curbside pickup will take place from 10:30 a.m.-noon each day. view article arw

Houston ISD, which has been working for weeks in partnership with the Houston Food Bank distributing food at different school sites throughout the district, is about to embark on its own curbside summer meals programs starting June 1 with some adjustments made for the coronavirus.  Pickup will be available twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. Students, parents or other adult family members may go to one of 68 designated district schools for the boxes which will be available for each child in a household. view article arw

Hungry schoolchildren in New Waverly received some welcome news Monday from the New Waverly ISD Board of Trustees  Responding to the continued need during the COVID-19 pandemic, the school board has extended its food program so the school can continue feeding students affected by building closures.  Set to expire at the end of June, the board gave unanimous approval to continue to program at an estimated cost between $40,000-$50,000. view article arw

EDINBURG, Texas – Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District has now served one million healthy meals to children as part of its Curbside Meal Pickup Program.  The program started March 23 with school nutrition professionals feeding students in the school community amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As of Monday, 1,014,182 meals had been provided.  “Today is a big day, because we have served a million meals,” said ECISD Interim Superintendent Gilbert Garza, Jr. “The program has been a huge success for us.” view article arw

The district says the employee worked at Brenham High School May 12 and May 13 but was not involved in the distribution of boxed meals.  Brenham ISD says members of the food service team who had contact with the staff member are now quarantining for 14 days. The food preparation area is also being cleaned and sanitized.  In a statement, Brenham ISD said safety is paramount as their food services team works to ensure students have what they need throughout the school closure. All items included in the boxed meals are pre-packaged. Their certified food service staff members wear gloves and masks to prepare meals and the food preparation area is sanitized after each use. Social distancing protocols are followed at all times. view article arw

We'll be updating this story throughout the day Tuesday with the latest local news on the coronavirus pandemic. If you'd like to go through a roundup of COVID-19 news from Monday, read it here. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org. view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The Houston Independent School District and the Houston Food Bank has scheduled the mass community food distribution for today from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the NRG Yellow Lot. The event was originally planned for this past Saturday but was canceled due to the weather.  Event organizers and volunteers want to remind visitors to keep their distance if they choose to walk to the site. view article arw

The Arlington ISD student meal plan, which started March 16, surpassed the one-million meal mark last week.  The student meals assure anyone 18-and-under can get 12 meals a week during the school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meals are currently distributed from 27 Arlington ISD campuses. view article arw

Houston ISD continues its partnership with the Houston Food Bank to address widespread food insecurity across the city, with another 25 sites scheduled for food pickup May 11-15.  The district has been distributing food to families since March and intends to keep the partnership going through the summer, even if summer school resumes with on-campus instruction.  Here is where to find the food distribution sites the week of May 11. view article arw

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Starting April 6, students at the Amarillo Independent School District will have new options when it comes to meal and internet service. According to a release issued Friday, the district will now hand out breakfast and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., replacing the prior 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. breakfast pickup. view article arw

The Houston Independent School District announced on Wednesday that it had received approval from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Texas Department of Agriculture to waive the required application process for the National School Lunch/Breakfast Program. "All HISD students will eat all school meals for free during the 2017-2018 school year," the district said in a release Wednesday morning. Families still need to apply for this waiver though. view article arw

Fort Bend ISD is going to begin serving up something different for some students who continually fail to pay for their lunches -- a cold cheese sandwich with a side of milk, and that's not sitting well with some parents. We're not talking about students who qualify for free school meals. But apparently, these repeat offenders have gotten so "forgetful" that it's draining the district's budget by hundreds of thousands of dollars. view article arw

Study: Eat school lunch after recess

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Because of a federal rule, kids throw away millions of dollars of fruits and vegetables every single day at school. But a new study shows a simple, no-cost trick that should leave federal policy makers saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?” When recess takes place before kids sit down to eat – instead of after - fruit and vegetable consumption increases by 54%. view article arw

Beaumont Public Health director Sherry Ulmer says West Brook High School cafeteria workers did not want old sandwiches to rot outside during the Beaumont Independent School District Thanksgiving week-long break, since they were not sure when the trash would be collected.  view article arw