Katy ISD to continue free meal programs through the summer

As the current school year comes to a close, the Katy ISD nutrition and food service department is preparing to make the curbside grab-and-go meals to help fill the hunger gap that exists for some students over summer break. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
As the current school year comes to a close, the Katy ISD nutrition and food service department is preparing to make the curbside grab-and-go meals to help fill the hunger gap that exists for some students over summer break. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

As the current school year comes to a close, the Katy ISD nutrition and food service department is preparing to make the curbside grab-and-go meals to help fill the hunger gap that exists for some students over summer break. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Katy ISD will continue to offer its grab-and-go meals this summer to all students age 18 and younger in the Katy area as well as meals to all enrolled KISD students attending in-person summer school.

As the current school year comes to a close, the KISD nutrition and food service department is preparing to make the curbside grab-and-go meals to help fill the hunger gap that exists for some students over summer break, according to a KISD news release.

The curbside grab-and-go meals will include ready-to-heat breakfast and lunch. Pickups will take place on Tuesdays, and families will get four breakfasts and four lunches for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Monday. There is no school or meal pickups on Friday.

Curbside grab-and-go meals, which are available for all Katy-area students age 18 and younger, can be picked up at Cinco Ranch High School and Morton Ranch High School every Tuesday from June 1 to July 27 from 4-6 p.m.

Pickup directions will be marked at school entry sites. If parents are picking up meals for their children who cannot be present, identification for each child such as an ID, report card or birth certificate must be presented before receiving the meals, according to the release.


Additionally, in-person summer school meals will be served hot at the campus cafeteria to summer school students.

Meals will be served at Morton Ranch Elementary, West Memorial Elementary, Williams Elementary and Taylor High School, according to the release. From June 7 to July 1, breakfast will be served between 7:30-8:30 a.m.; lunch for elementary schools will be served between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; and lunch for high schools will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

These hot meals are also available to all area students age 18 and under during the posted times. However, due to safety protocols, they will not be able to eat this meal in the school’s cafeteria with the enrolled summer school students. Parents picking up for their children who cannot be present will need to present identification for each child such as an ID, report card or birth certificate.

Katy ISD will also be offering Extended School Year for Students with Disabilities community meals during summer school activities at three campuses. Students can eat a hot breakfast between 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. and a hot lunch between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meals will be served at Exley Elementary School, Memorial Parkway Junior High and McMeans Junior High. Meals will be served Monday-Thursdays from June 7-17 and July 12-22.

Only enrolled Katy ISD special education students will be allowed to eat the meals in the cafeteria, the release said. These hot meals are also available to all area students age 18 and under during the posted times. However, due to safety protocols, they will not be able to eat this meal in the school’s cafeteria with KISD special needs students.

Parents picking up for their children who cannot be present will need to present identification for each child such as an ID, report card or birth certificate.

The curbside grab-and-go meals, in-person summer school meals and meals for special education students will be free thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program, said Donna Pittenger, executive director of the KISD nutrition and food service department. Meal benefit applications will not be required this summer nor for the upcoming school year as part of the federal program.

For more information, residents can visit the KISD nutrition and food service department website at https://katyisdfoodservices.com.
By Morgan Theophil
Morgan joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2021 as the reporter for the Katy edition. She graduated from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism in 2018.