Rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture allows the El Paso Independent School District to provide free breakfast and lunch to children ages 1 to 18 through July 31, 2021, regardless of their enrollment status or residence in the District.
Parents with children enrolled in different campuses may pick up meals at one location instead of traveling to each of the schools in which they’re enrolled.
“We are thankful to the USDA for allowing us to continue to provide healthful meals to any child who may need it,” said Laura Duran, EPISD’s Director of Nutrition Services. “The new rules make our breakfast and lunch services available to thousands of additional children, and it makes the pick-up of take-home meals much more convenient for our busy parents.”
Most EPISD schools offer curbside meal pick-up. Click link below for updated curbside locations and pick-up times:
All curbside meals are distributed daily with breakfast and lunch packaged together Monday through Friday. Friday's distribution includes meals for Saturday and Sunday. Special holiday meals distribution schedule will be advertised on the weekly menu. The weekly curbside menu is advertised on the FNS website, FNS social media platforms, and in weekly text messages and emails sent to parents.
Meals will be provided for any child ages 1 to 18, and the child need not be a student in EPISD. Children need not be present to receive the meals, however, parents or guardians must present one of the following documents for verification:
Official document from any school to demonstrate enrollment.
Student ID card
Parents who pick up meals for their children will be given a verification card at a campus and they will be required to pick up all meals at that campus from then on.
The free meal program is extended to all EPISD students who attend in-person instruction. Students on campus will receive free breakfast and lunch either in the classroom or as a grab-and-go option.
“It is our goal to provide nutritious meals to as many children as possible during these difficult times,” Duran said. “We know the challenges in learning are even more present right now because of the pandemic, and we want to eliminate any concern about food that may exist among our families.”
We look forward to serving your children during the pandemic using unique and unprecedented procedures. Our goal is to continue to feed our students to fuel their success with both on-site and virtual learning.