After serving over 190K meals, Leander ISD drive-thru program ends July 31

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)

Leander ISD’s free meal drive-thru program—quickly created to address student nutrition with minimal contact after the coronavirus suddenly closed schools in March—will conclude July 31, according to district officials.

Since starting the program March 24, LISD has distributed 96,160 breakfast bags and 95,935 lunch bags as of July 24, according to LISD spokesperson Matt Mitchell.

During the summer, the program took place at Reed Elementary School, River Place Elementary School and Running Brushy Middle School. During the spring, a free meal drive-thru was also held at Bagdad Elementary School.

When the program began, more than 100 vehicles were seen in line to pick up free meals.

On the first day of school Aug. 13, LISD will resume its participation in the National School Lunch Program. According to Mitchell, families may apply for free or reduced-price meals for students by visiting LISD’s child nutrition services homepage and clicking on “forms and applications.”


English and Spanish applications are available. Applicants may either apply online or download an application and deliver it to any LISD campus.
By Brian Perdue
Brian Perdue is the editor of the Cedar Park-Leander edition 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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