Pflugerville ISD adds dinner to free meals distributed at schools

Although schools are closed student learning hasn't stopped and neither has meal distribution. Pflugerville ISD is not only serving up breakfast and lunch during the COVID-19 pandemic but dinner too.

Making sure each family goes home with a meal or two, food service workers for Pflugerville ISD kept a safe distance while they distributed bagged lunches. Cars lined up outside of Kelly Lane Middle School Monday, one of many meal distribution sites for families. Shelby Kelly, marketing manager for Aramark said the district handed out more than 15,000 meals last week.

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“I am just appreciative that people are accepting the help and taking advantage of this program because really our goal is to feed students and make sure they have a nutritious meal to enjoy at home,” Kelly said. “Thank you’s are everything, our ladies are really putting themselves at the forefront so hearing that really makes it all worth it. It’s just a pleasure to be able to do this for our families.”

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Pflugerville parent Angelica Martin was in line to pick up a classroom packet for her child. She said she appreciated the district helping out where they can.

“It’s great that the district is doing this for us. I know a lot of parents are working from home and may not have time to fix lunch and stuff for the kids. It’s been wonderful,” said Martin. “They've started their work this week and today has been really well, we are trying to stay on a schedule that Pflugerville has provided us.”

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Breakfast hours are 8-9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the same days. Dinner can be picked up during breakfast or lunch. This program serves students 18 and younger regardless of Pflugerville ISD residency or enrollment. Families can pick up meals curbside in the carpool lanes at any of nine campuses. Students do not need to be present in order for parents to receive meals.

On March 19, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a public health disaster, the first in Texas since 1901. The executive orders, which took effect at midnight Friday, March 20 and goes through midnight on Friday, April 3, brings the state in line with CDC guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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The public health disaster orders schools to be closed statewide until at least April 3. The disaster also orders a ban on dine-in eating and gathering in groups of more than 10 as the state ramps up efforts to battle the coronavirus. Abbott's order also will shut down gyms and bars. It also bans visits to nursing and retirement homes unless there is a critical need.


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