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Many San Antonio students rely on their school districts for breakfast and lunch. School districts on Friday announced they would extend spring break for an additional week as the coronavirus spread grew, causing some to worry that students could go hungry.

But Texas Department of Agriculture announced it received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, permitting Texas schools to continue serving breakfast and lunch to students in need.

“Whether its Hurricane Harvey or coronavirus, if a school decides to shut down, they need the flexibility to keep serving students the best way they see fit,” state Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said in a statement.

San Antonio school districts have released plans to distribute meals throughout this week.

Alamo Heights ISD

The district is providing drive-thru meal service for students who currently participate in the National School Lunch program.

Families can pick up breakfast and lunch from 10 a.m. to noon March 16 and from 8 to 10 a.m. March 17-20 at Alamo Heights Junior School. The meal pickup line is at the north entrance of the cafeteria. The district is directing questions to Richard Mallard with Child Nutrition Services at 210-832-5808 or rmallard@ahisd.net.

Edgewood ISD

Starting March 17, students in the National School Lunch program can pick up breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at any campus. Lunch will be available at any campus between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

East Central ISD

The district is offering lunch on Monday, and breakfast and lunch starting Tuesday. Breakfast is available from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and lunch is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at all campuses. Families don’t need to go to their specific campuses and can pick up meals via curbside service. The child must be present to receive meals.

Harlandale ISD

The district will serve breakfast and lunch to students ages 18 and under on school days during the closure. Workers will distribute meals curbside at Kingsborough Middle School, Harlandale Middle School, Leal Middle School, and Terrell Wells Middle School.

Breakfast will be available from 7 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Judson ISD

The district will provide curbside meals to students ages 18 and younger. Students must be present to pick up meals.

Pickup locations are Candlewood Elementary, Hopkins Elementary, Crestview Elementary, Olympia Elementary, Wagner High School, and Judson High School. Students can pick up breakfast between 8 and 9 a.m. and lunch between 11 a.m. and noon.

Lackland ISD

Lackland ISD will not offer meals during the school closure.

North East ISD

Students under the age of 19 will be able to pick up meals curbside from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m March 16-20. The district is advising families to remain in their cars and not enter campus buildings during meal pickup; however, families that walk to campus will receive a to-go meal.

Campuses offering meals are Camelot Elementary, Castle Hills Elementary, Clear Springs Elementary, Coker Elementary, Colonial Hills Elementary, Dellview Elementary, East Terrell Hills Elementary, El Dorado Elementary, Fox Run Elementary, Harmony Hills Elementary, Huebner Elementary, Jackson-Keller Elementary, Larkspur Elementary, Longs Creek Elementary, Montgomery Elementary, Northern Hills Elementary, Northwood Elementary, Oak Grove Elementary, Oak Meadow Elementary, Olmos Elementary, Redland Oaks Elementary, Regency Place Elementary, Ridgeview Elementary, Royal Ridge Elementary, Serna Elementary, Stahl Elementary, Steubing Ranch Elementary, Walzem Elementary, Wetmore Elementary, Wilshire Elementary, Windcrest Elementary, and Woodstone Elementary.

Northside ISD

Families can pick up food and supply kits from 8 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. starting March 18 from Hobby, Jones, Luna, Neff, Pease, Rayburn, Ross, Rudder, Sinson, Vale, and Zachry middle schools.

Each food and supply kit will contain breakfast and lunch, nonperishable snack meals, water, and disposable tray and utensils. Kits will be prepared and boxed for easy distribution in the bus loop at each pickup site. Each car or vehicle can pick up one food and supply kit.

Northside ISD also plans to post online instructional materials, designed specifically for content area and grade level, by March 17. The district is working on a checkout process for mobile hotspots and devices for students without internet access.

San Antonio ISD

The district will provide curbside meal service for children 18 and younger. Students receiving meals must be present.

Breakfast will be available from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pickup locations are Brackenridge High School, Burbank High School, Edison High School, Fox Tech High School, Highlands High School, Sam Houston High School, Jefferson High School, and Lanier High School.

The district asks families to direct questions to the Child Nutrition Services Department at 210-554-2290.

Somerset ISD

All students can pick up breakfast and lunch at their campus on school days while the district is on extended break. The district is working on a plan to deliver meals to students who do not have access to transportation.

Students can pick up breakfast between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

South San Antonio ISD

The district is offering drive-thru and walk-up service to children 18 and younger.

Breakfast will be available from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pickup locations are Palo Alto Elementary, Carrillo Elementary, Five Palms Elementary, and Kindred Elementary.

Southside ISD

Meals will be available for pickup at Heritage Elementary and Southside High School. On March 16, students can pick up a cold breakfast, lunch, and breakfast for the following day at 8 a.m.

From March 17 to March 20, students can pick up a hot lunch and breakfast for the next day at noon. Students must be present to receive meals.

Southwest ISD

The district is offering breakfast from 7 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17-20. Pickup locations are Southwest Elementary, Sky Harbour Elementary, Bob Hope Elementary, Big Country Elementary, and Hidden Cove Elementary.

Meals will be available to students ages 18 and younger who are physically present at the time of pickup. The menu for the week can be viewed here.

Pre-K 4 SA

Pre-K 4 SA is offering weekly food distribution at its four education centers. Food distribution will start Monday at the West Center and be distributed between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Only one center will have a food distribution each day. On Tuesday, the South center will distribute, followed by the East center on Wednesday and the North center on Thursday.

Food will be distributed in a drive-thru line. Parents or guardians must write the name of their child and their child’s teacher on a piece of paper and display it prominently on the car’s dashboard or windshield at the time of pickup. Pre-K 4 SA officials ask families to keep their car windows closed and open their trunks for food delivery.

IDEA Public Schools

The charter network will provide breakfast and lunch for IDEA students, families, and staff who need food at all schools beginning March 23. IDEA also plans to provide free weekday child care at specific campuses for IDEA parents working in jobs essential to community health and safety.

KIPP Texas-San Antonio

The charter network announced it will continue food service for KIPP students but has not yet released details.

Great Hearts Texas

The charter network is asking families wanting to continue receiving meals during the extended spring break to let their campus know. Breakfast hours will be between 7 and 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Are you an educator or do you have a student in your home who now has to learn remotely?

Emily Donaldson

Emily Donaldson

Emily Donaldson reports on education for the San Antonio Report.