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Meal options for Southeast Texas school students during closures

A number of schools are offering breakfast and lunch to kids as classes are being canceled

BEAUMONT, Texas — Some Southeast Texas schools are offering meal options for families that need a hand up while class is canceled. 

Many schools are adjusting schedules due concerns about the coronavirus. A number of the districts are providing meals for students while the closures take place. 

  • Buna ISD is asking parents to fill out a survey asking for information related to technology access and meals.
  • East Chambers ISD will offer breakfast and lunch to all community children 1-18 years old at no cost to families. You may drive through the connecting road between Buccaneer and School Road where the Dome Cafeteria is located between 7:15 A.M. and 10:00 A.M. beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, and we will provide curbside service supplying you with a breakfast and a lunch for each of your children from 1-18 years old. For those who cannot come during this time, we will serve lunch only between 11:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. using the same procedures.
  • Evadale ISD will have meals starting the week of March 23 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. and lunch will be available 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. If you need meal assistance on other days please contact Food Service Director Pam Cox at (409) 449-3092. 
  • Hardin-Jefferson ISD is providing meals at the bus loop at China Elementary, Sour Lake Elementary and the high school. Breakfast is 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students can go to any of the locations listed to pick up food. The student must be present. Email courtneyboullion@hjisd.net with questions.
  • Hull-Daisetta ISD is providing breakfast and lunch to students. See details HERE.  
  • Jasper ISD is working on a 'flexible education program' and will soon give more information about a food delivery program. Parents are asked to fill out an online survey to give the district more information
  • Kirbyville CISD: Beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 'we are also offering a Grab and Go lunch every weekday for any child 18 and under. Children must be present to receive a lunch. Parents and guardians can bring their children through the elementary drive from 9-11 am to pick up the lunches.'
  • Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD: Revised schedule for meal delivery 9:30 a.m. LCM has just learned that Child Nutrition has been given permission to deliver breakfast and lunch at the same time instead of having to make two runs. Hopefully, this will be better for your family. Buses will leave the cafeterias at 9:30 a.m. with both breakfast and lunch on board.
    In case you didn’t know, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has the oversight of school nutrition and the brown bag lunches follow the same USDA guidelines of regular school lunches.
    Thank you for your understanding and flexibility as we try to find the best ways to serve our students and their families during this stressful time.
  • Lumberton ISD will start meal pickup on March 23 to provide breakfast and lunch to feed students 18 years old and under. Meals are free. Students must be present to receive meals. One breakfast and one lunch per student per day.

We're adding to this list. If you know of area schools offering meal options during closures, send us a message.

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