Houston ISD will provide free boxed meals for children twice per week at 68 different schools as part of its summer meals program, which begins June 1.
HISD announced Tuesday that the summer meals initiative, which is mandated by the state of Texas, will replace its community food distribution events that have been held since its campuses closed in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The district said in a news release that those weekday events, along with recurring Saturday distributions at NRG Stadium, have provided more than 5.2 million pounds of food to community members in need.
Among the 68 schools that will serve as host sites for the summer meals program are Browning Elementary at 607 Northwood St. in the Heights, where boxes of food will be distributed every Monday and Thursday between 10 a.m.-noon. Another site is Burrus Elementary at 701 E. 33rd St. in Independence Heights, where food will be handed out every Monday and Thursday between noon-2 p.m.
At each of the 68 sites, HISD said boxes of food may be picked up by students, parents or other adult family members. Each box will contain breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack, with families receiving three boxes per child on Mondays and four boxes per child on Thursdays.
HISD said boxes will be provided for all children ages 1-18 who are in a vehicle at the drive-through sites. Children are not required to be present, but drivers must show birth certificates or proofs of enrollment in any school district, such as report cards or student IDs, to receive boxes for those children.
“The school year may be wrapping up, but the need it still there for our families,” HISD interim superintendent Grenita Lathan said. “By modifying our traditional summer meals program, we can continue to feed our students in a safe way.”
For more information, including a complete list of distribution sites and times, visit houstonisd.org/summermeals.