Virtual, in-person Leander ISD students to receive free meals for rest of school year

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

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

Leander ISD students will receive free breakfasts and lunches for the rest of the 2020-21 school year, according to the district.

Meals include an entree, a choice of milk, and a choice of fruit or vegetable. Meals do not include second meals, additional entrees, additional milks or any a la carte snack items.

The meals will be funded through a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to LISD.

Students learning virtually can order meals online to be picked up at any LISD middle school from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Families with meal balances can choose to leave account balances for a la carte items, roll over balances for the next year or request a refund from Child Nutrition Services. Students' negative meal balances will be paid off through the Leander Educational Excellence Foundation. Balances were paid off for 1,579 students.


“Food security is extremely important for kids to grow and focus in the classroom,” LEEF Executive Director Kristen Huguley said in a district release. “While the pandemic has impacted us in a lot of areas, we don’t want finances to hold them back from excelling. On behalf of our thousands of LEEF contributors, we are so glad to use this opportunity to love on and help our students.”

The school district served over 190,000 meals between March and July in the drive-thru pickup program.
By Taylor Girtman
After interning with Community Impact Newspaper in 2019, Taylor Girtman became a reporter for the Cedar Park and Leander edition in February 2020.


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