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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

Superintendent Rene Gutierrez said BISD could soon resume distributing school meals at 12 locations around the city, likely on a twice-a-week basis.  The Brownsville Independent School District has been distributing breakfast and lunch meals to students from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. since March 23, the day BISD kept its schools closed for extended Spring Break and moved to distance learning in response to the novel coronavirus. Brownsville and Cameron County remain under shelter-in-place orders to slow the spread of COVID-19, the infection caused by the virus. view article arw

Two months ago, I saw Betti Wiggins, officer of the office of nutrition services for the Houston Independent School District (ISD), at the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) SNIC conference in Palm Springs, Calif. Betti and I actually spent the three-hour flight from Houston to Palm Spring sitting next to each other. view article arw

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

A Brazosport ISD Child Nutrition employee tested positive for COVID-19, but district officials ensure anyone who picked up food from their site is at a low risk of contracting the virus.  The employee helped with food preparation and curbside delivery at T.W. Ogg Elementary, Superintendent Danny Massey said. The 15 staff members who worked with the infected employee will self-quarantine for 14 days, he said. view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The Houston Independent School District plans to relaunch their food distribution today.  Interim Superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan confirmed the relaunch to ABC13 during a Facetime interview last Wednesday.  Lathan said the need for food is great across the city of Houston, and the district is working to help families in need. view article arw

Point Isabel Independent School District (PI-ISD), now with all of its campuses closed for another month, is making changes to its response programs as novel coronavirus COVID-19 spreads throughout Texas. Texas Governor Abbott extended a previous executive order closing all Texas schools to May 4. Abbott’s initial executive order closed all Texas schools until April 4 during a press conference on March 31. PI-ISD’s food distribution program, organized by the district child nutrition department is now on only Mondays and Wednesdays, rather than Monday through Friday. Child nutrition department staff are now wearing face masks, courtesy of Noble Texas Builders, along with gloves and surgical masks. view article arw

Houston ISD is reopening distribution for meals and is expected to give out 500 meals a day. The district shut down after someone involved in the distribution was being tested for COVID-19.  The district said there will be a streamlined process that will implement increased safety measures. view article arw

Fort Worth Independent School District officials announce changes to food pickup for students while classes are on pause due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Starting Monday, parents or guardians of students must offer one form of identification to prove they have the students they say they do. District spokesman Clint Bond says letters have been sent to student’s families detailing the changes, with the information also available on its website: 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. view article arw