Leander ISD providing free meal pickups at four schools

Leander ISD child nutrition services employees carry out a table of lunches at Bagdad Elementary School in Leander on March 25. (Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)
Leander ISD child nutrition services employees carry out a table of lunches at Bagdad Elementary School in Leander on March 25. (Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)

Leander ISD child nutrition services employees carry out a table of lunches at Bagdad Elementary School in Leander on March 25. (Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)

Note: This story has been updated to reflect the governor-mandated school closure through May 4.

Leander ISD is offering free breakfasts and lunches to all LISD students at four locations, according to LISD.

To aid students during that time who rely upon meals at school, LISD will offer free meal pickup from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. during school days at the following locations:

  • Bagdad Elementary School, 800 Deercreek Lane, Leander

  • Reed Elementary School, 1515 Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park

  • River Place Elementary School, 6500 Sitio Del Rio Blvd., Austin

  • Running Brushy Middle School, 2303 Lakeline Blvd., Austin.


On Tuesdays only, all four sites will also offer breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m.

Proof of enrollment will not be required, and children do not need to be present to receive the meals.

Each student will be able to pick up a lunch for that day and a breakfast for the following morning. Meals may be acquired either by driving up or by walking up to those handing out the meals.


LISD is also working with community partners that distribute food backpacks on Fridays for nutrition over the weekend.

To minimize waste, LISD asks that families picking up food register at the Nutrislice website or through its free mobile app. Use of Nutrislice to register is requested, but not mandatory.

LISD schools were closed for an additional two weeks at the end of spring break, from March 24-April 3, due to coronavirus concerns. On March 27, a week was added to the closure by LISD. On March 31, Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order mandating that all Texas schools remain closed through May 4.
By Brian Perdue
Brian Perdue is the editor of the Lake Travis-Westlake and Northwest Austin editions of Community Impact Newspaper. A native of Virginia's Appalachian Mountains, he has been a journalist since 1992, living and working in Virginia, Washington D.C., Hawaii's Big Island, Southern California and Florida before moving to Austin in 2019.


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