The combined breakfast and lunch pickup is intended to reduce the number of trips parents, guardians and students need to make to retrieve the meals amid extended school closures this semester, according to a district email. The RRISD Food Services Department began the streamlined approach March 31.
Children under the age of 19 are eligible to pick up lunch, as well as breakfast for the next day, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at one of the district’s 13 distribution sites. This includes two new sites, Montelena Apartments and Double Creek Townhomes, added this week. Meal pickups at Montelena Apartments take place Monday-Friday between 11:00 a.m.-noon, and pickups at Double Creek Townhomes take place Monday-Friday from noon-1 p.m.
Beginning April 3, students can pick up weekend meals on Fridays, per the district’s email.
Children do not need to be present for a parent or guardian to pick up meals on their behalf. The Texas Department of Agriculture requires the adult provide proof for each child that qualifies for the meal service during each visit. School districts are required to verify the number of meals, according to RRISD.
Acceptable methods of proof include an official letter or email from the school confirming the child’s enrollment, individual student report cards, attendance records from the parent portal of the school’s website, a birth certificate or a student ID card, per the district’s email.
If parents or guardians are unable to provide documentation, the child must be present to receive a meal.