In efforts to help the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, IDEA Public Schools has been offering free curbside meals at all of their campuses throughout Texas and Louisiana.
As of Friday, IDEA Public Schools has served one million meals since March 19 to children throughout communities in the following areas: Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Tarrant County, Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
“Cafeteria workers and bus drivers are some of the unsung heroes in our mix. From day one, they put themselves on the frontlines to ensure thousands of families had one less thing to worry about -meals for their children,” says Irma Munoz, Chief Operating Officer of IDEA Public Schools. “Despite the risk to their health, they’ve remained steadfast in their commitment. To say we are grateful is an understatement.”
All IDEA schools in Texas will offer breakfast, lunch and supper available for curbside pick-up from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Monday – Friday. Weekend bundled meals are also available on Fridays.
For IDEA schools in Louisiana, meals will be available for pick up on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at IDEA Oscar Dunn in New Orleans and from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at IDEA Bridge and IDEA Innovation in Baton Rouge.
All meals are provided via drive-thru only. All children in the community 18 years and under are eligible for meal service at any school location. Due to new regulations by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), if a child is not present in the car, parents must be able to show proof of child identity in order to receive meals.
Families wanting more information on school closure, meal service, childcare services, and the distance learning program, can visit the IDEA Public Schools website.