PHOTO GALLERY: Richardson ISD staff hand out meals at Audelia Creek Elementary

A staff member at Audelia Creek Elementary hands off bagged meals to a parent. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
A staff member at Audelia Creek Elementary hands off bagged meals to a parent. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)

A staff member at Audelia Creek Elementary hands off bagged meals to a parent. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Meals can be picked up at 25 sites throughout the district, including Audelia Creek Elementary School. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Cars lined the drive at Audelia Creek Elementary as families waited to pick up meals. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Parents picking up meals without a student present are required to show proof they have a school-aged child, according to a new rule by the Texas Department of Agriculture. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The district provides breakfast and lunch for students Mon.-Fri. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Staff at Audelia Creek Elementary School organize meals for pickup. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Parents are met by staff at the cafeteria doors to maintain social distancing. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A staff member at the school prepares to hand off a meal to a parent. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Audelia Creek Elementary cafeteria manager Janet Bealer helps assemble meals. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Some parents picking up meals chose to wear masks and other protective gear. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Nonprofit Be A Champion is also handing out grab-and-go meals at RISD's pickup locations. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Parents are able to pick up as many meals as they need for the children living in their household, even if they are not Richardson ISD students. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
Richardson ISD has made it a priority to continue feeding students even as spread of the coronavirus has forced the indefinite closure of schools districtwide.

According to a district spokesperson, RISD distributed 213,673 meals at 25 dropoff sites as of April 8.

The service has relieved stress on parents who rely on RISD to provide meals for their children, parent Jessica Hale said.

“Normally my kids get free [meals] at school every day for breakfast and lunch,” Hale said. “[RISD] doing this is saving us a lot of money.”

Having access to two meals per day is essential for the health of students, Audelia Creek Elementary cafeteria manager Janet Bealer said.


“We have to feed the kids,” Bealer said. “They need brain food.”

The district announced earlier this week that as of April 20 it will begin dropping off meals only three days a week instead of five; however, the amount of food will not change. For more information on RISD’s meal program, visit this link.
By Makenzie Plusnick
Makenzie graduated from Tarleton State University in 2019 with a degree in communications. While in school, she interned at the Weatherford Democrat and was editor of Texan News Service, a news outlet at Tarleton. She enjoys true crime podcasts, riding horses, and spending time with her dog.


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