Students who need meals provided by schools can still get them while campuses are closed.

Local school districts began implementing plans as early as last week for children to pick up meals at their nearby campus and other location. Cafeterias are closed along with entire schools as the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in responses by districts, counties and the state to cancel classes through March.

Taylor ISD

Children ages 18 and younger are eligible to receive food. Any child regardless if they attend TISD or not can pick up food. Children must be present to receive a meal.

Mondays through Fridays, breakfast is being served in front of Main Street Intermediate School in a drive-thru format from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

For lunches, locations and times are as follows:

• Main Street Intermediate School: 11a.m.-12:30 p.m.

• Corner of Bill Pickett Trail and Yellowstone Drive: 10:40-11 a.m.

• Corner of Thomas Street and Debus Drive: 11-11:20 a.m.

• Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church: 11-11:20 a.m.

• Corner of North Drive and Marshall Street: 11-11:30 a.m

• Corner of Vernon and Fourth streets: 11:30-11:50 a.m.

• Midblock of Mariposa Lane: 11:40 a.m.-12 p.m.

• Midblock of Mallard Lane near Bull Run Apartments: 11:40 a.m.-12 p.m.

• Corner of W. Fourth and Sloan streets: 12-12:20 p.m.

• Midblock of Mockingbird Lane: 12:10-12:30 p.m.

• Corner of Seventh and Porter streets: 12:15-12:35 p.m.

• Corner of West Seventh and Davis streets: 12:30-12:50 p.m.

• Corner of Burkett Street and Davidson Drive: 12:45-1:05 p.m.

• Corner of Dolan and Carolina streets: 12:45-1:05 p.m.

If you do not live near a scheduled site and lack transportation to get to the nearest location, please email Jamie Hackett at jhackett@taylorisd.org to set up an alternative method of service.

Thrall ISD

District Grab & Go Meals will be Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from the elementary and middle schools’ cafeteria. Lunch for the day and breakfast for the next morning will be given in one setting. This will be the second week for meals for students and will continue the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak. All students 18 years of age and below may participate.

Since Thrall ISD is a closed enrolled site and feeds only district students, parents and siblings are allowed to pick up the student's meals. The student does not have to be in the vehicle. The parent or sibling can pick up the child's meals as long as staff are able to check off the student's name on their roster.

Meal pick up schedule is subject to change. Please continue to check http://www.thrallisd.com for updates.

For questions, contact Mary Salazar at msalazar@thrallisd.org.

Granger ISD

Granger ISD will be offering free sack lunch meals and snacks to all children ages 18 and younger in need of a meal. Meals can be picked up in a drive-thru format in the circle in front of the school from 10:30 a.m. to noon each week day. To maintain social distancing, please do not exit your vehicle. 

School administrators will be monitoring the process and will announce changes that may become necessary.

Hutto ISD

Staff at Hutto spent March 23 planning their meal plan and expected food and supplies to be delivered that day. On Tuesday, lunch and breakfast was scheduled to begin to be served from Cottonwood Creek Elementary School. Staff will evaluate if additional distribution sites will be needed.

Meals will be a curbside pickup in front of CCES from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will include lunch for that day and breakfast for the following day. Students must be present to receive the meals. For families who receive Weekend Lunchbox meals, counselors will be contacting families to discuss how these will be disbursed.

Children ages 18 years and younger and adults who are determined by state or local educational agencies as having a mental or physical disability and who participate during the school year in a public or private nonprofit school program established for the mentally or physically disabled may be served a meal.

Other options

Coupland ISD relayed information through its Facebook page about free meal opportunities available at Taylor ISD and Elgin ISD. They also advised parents to visit https://txschools.gov and use the MealFinder Map to find locations near them where local school systems are offering free breakfast and lunch for pickup while school buildings are closed because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Launched by the Texas Education Agency in partnership with the Office of the Governor and Texas Department of Agriculture, the TXSchools.gov MealFinder Map is designed to help parents and students easily find school meals during the unprecedented disruption to schools caused by COVID-19.

Once parents go to the site, they click “Meal Pick-Up Locations” to bring up a map of locations. Parents can type their address, and the map will zoom into meal pick-up locations that are up and running near them.

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