Texas school district offers free breakfast and lunch for all kids under 18 through December


Austin ISD said children do not have to be enrolled in the district to pick up curbside meals.

A pupil eats her cooked hot dinner during her lunch break in the canteen at St Luke’s Church of England Primary School in East London on September 3, 2020. – Pupils in Britain have on Thursday begun to return to schools for the first time since they were all closed in March, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)

AUSTIN (NewsNation Now) — Austin Independent School District families will be able to rely on the school district to provide free breakfast and lunch for their children through December.

Austin ISD announced on Saturday that in addition to its distribution of free produce boxes through Oct. 7, it will extend distribution of free meals for all students through December.

Through the program, students younger than 19 can receive one breakfast and one lunch meal daily on Mondays through Thursdays. Fridays serve as the weekend meal distribution day at curbside meal sites.

For weekend meals, families can receive six meals per child under the age of 19 (breakfast and lunch for Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

No application or identification is needed and children will be able to receive meals by showing up. Austin ISD said children do not have to be enrolled in the district to pick up curbside meals.

Those over the age of 19 who are utilizing special education resources or are currently enrolled in school to complete the requirements for a high school diploma can receive meals from curbside sites.

For students who are participating in remote, off-campus learning, both breakfast and lunch will be offered Mondays through Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at more than 40 curbside locations throughout Austin. 

According to the district’s website, more than 80,000 students were enrolled in the 2019-2020 school year.

Click here for more information on Austin ISD’s free meals program.

NewsNation affiliate KXAN contributed to this report.

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