Houston ISD announced Wednesday that it will restart its food distribution program on Monday, April 6 — nearly two weeks after the initiative was abruptly halted over concerns about the spread of COVID-19.
HISD said food will be distributed to families at 22 campuses across the city next week, including at Frank Black Middle School, located at 1575 Chantilly Ln., at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 9. Another distribution site near the area is Northside High School at 1101 Quitman St., where food will be provided beginning at 3 p.m. Monday, April 6.
Each site will distribute 500 boxes of food per day, according to HISD, with all the boxes packed at the district’s Hexsar T. Holliday Food Services Support Facility.
As families arrive at the sites, HISD said staff members will fill out an Emergency Food Assistance Program Form on their behalf in an attempt to minimize interpersonal contact. Staff also will place food boxes in the trunks of vehicles. Food recipients who walk up to the sites must also adhere to social distancing requirements.
HISD said March 26 that its distribution program, which operates in a partnership with the Houston Food Bank and originally included 39 sites, was suspended after the district learned that someone who had been at the Welch Middle School distribution site in Southwest Houston was under self-quarantine because of possible exposure to COVID-19, the upper-respiratory disease caused by the new strain of coronavirus.
Per Tuesday’s executive order by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, all schools in the state must remain closed until at least May 4.
For more information and a complete list of distribution sites, visit https://blogs.houstonisd.org/news/2020/04/01/hisd-to-relaunch-food-distribution-efforts-on-april-6-with-centralized-packing-hub/.