Northwest Austin school districts will feed students for free throughout summer

Meal pickup
Three school districts covering Northwest Austin—Austin ISD, Pflugerville ISD and Round Rock ISD—are all continuing free meal pickup services to families throughout this summer. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Three school districts covering Northwest Austin—Austin ISD, Pflugerville ISD and Round Rock ISD—are all continuing free meal pickup services to families throughout this summer. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

After expanding free curbside meal pickup services for students throughout the pandemic, all of the public school districts covering Northwest Austin will continue to offer free meals to kids this upcoming summer.

Austin ISD announced May 25 it is continuing its free meal pickup at more than 50 campuses districtwide this summer. The meals distributed by AISD are free for any child under the age of 19 as well as older students who utilize special education resources or students who are enrolled in school in order to complete the requirements for a high school diploma, according to the district’s May 25 news release.

Children can visit any pickup site to receive the free meals and do not have to be enrolled at AISD to receive meals, according to the district. Parents or caregivers picking up food without a child present must provide documentation, such as a birth certificate or report card, in order to receive meals.

Families can choose to pick up daily to-go meals or weekly meal packs that can be reheated at a later time. According to the district, it will also provide free caregiver meals for adults with children. Menus for both daily and weekly pickup sites can be viewed at www.schoolcafe.com/austinisd.

The meal packs will be distributed each Thursday at selected campuses. In its news release, AISD stated all meal pickup sites are closed July 5-9, and the last day for curbside meal service is scheduled for Aug. 5.


For a full list of campuses that serve as pickup sites for daily to-go meals and weekly meal packages, visit the Austin ISD free summer meal website.

As previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper, both Round Rock ISD and Pflugerville ISD will similarly offer free summer meals to students beginning the second week of June. Summer meal programs will begin June 7 in RRISD and June 10 in PfISD.

In news releases distributed last week, both school districts stated they will operate their meal-distribution programs similar to AISD. Meal recipients do not need to register or show proof of age or residence to qualify. Parents picking up meals for children will need to present some form of documentation, however, and parents may only pick up meals for their own children.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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