AUSTIN, Texas — Austin Independent School District, in collaboration with the Texas Department of Agriculture, is offering curbside meals to students 19 and under following Friday's school closure for coronavirus concerns.
AISD Food Services is set up at 14 locations across the city Friday from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. These meals will also be offered Monday through Friday starting March 23, if the district continues to be closed.
Each meal will include protein, grains, fruit and vegetables, with the option of milk and compostable cutlery also available. These meals will be provided for each child in the car and are not offered to adults.
According to a press release, the locations were chosen where 50% or more of students receive meal benefits. AISD advises families to stay in their cars and not enter buildings during pick-up.
Here is a list of the 14 locations:
- Dobie Middle School
- Cook Elementary School
- Burnet MIddle School
- LBJ Early College High School
- Govalle Elementary School
- T.A. Brown Elementary School
- Eastside Memorial Early College High School
- Dawson Elementary School
- Linder Elementary School
- Crockett Early College High School
- Pleasant Hill Elementary School
- Houston Elementary School
- Akins Early College High School
- Perez Elementary School
In an email sent to parents, Austin ISD said Friday's closure is "in the interest of health safety in regard to our students and staff."
The school district plans to resume packaged meals to students on March 23 and will not continue during spring break.
Daily updates will be posted on the district's website by 5 p.m.
At a press conference on Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott said school officials are working daily to prepare for the appropriate response. Texas is seeking waivers for the school lunch programs so districts can provide students food if their school is not opened.
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