“Grab-n-Go” meals continue

Beginning Oct. 19, as more students return to on-campus learning, the Child Nutrition Department will reduce the number of campuses providing curbside "Grab-n-Go" service from 65 to 51 locations. Lunch and breakfast for tomorrow is served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in campus bus loops. Some campuses also offer food for supper.

Visit the Child Nutrition Department website for a revised list of campuses.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved free breakfast and lunch to enrolled Northside ISD students whether they are in-person or virtual learners. Free breakfast and lunch is also available at our "Grab-n-Go" meal locations for community children 18 years old and younger. They do not need to be enrolled at Northside ISD.

Parents/legal guardians picking up meals without a child at our "Grab-n-Go" meal locations must present one of the following for identification purposes:

  • Official letter/email from school listing of children enrolled
  • Report cards
  • Attendance records
  • Birth certificates
  • Student ID cards

No copies are required. Just present one of the above identifications per child and meals will be provided.

Note: USDA reserves the right to withdraw this approval subject to the availability of funding.

 

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions to help families.

 

What will meal service look like for the 2020-2021 school year?

NISD offers several options for students whether students are on-campus learning or at home through virtual learning. They include:

  • “Grab-n-Go” curbside feeding at 51 sites for virtual learning
  • Traditional in-building breakfast and lunch for in-person learning
  • A new supper program at 56 state-approved campuses for students enrolled in an after school enrichment program.

 

What is “Grab-n-Go” curbside feeding?

To ensure students have access to school meals while maintaining social distancing, 51 campuses will serve meals Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in each participating school’s bus loop.

Students will receive a pre-packaged hot lunch, breakfast for tomorrow, and supper at approved sites.

Curbside “Grab-n-Go” meals are available at no cost to all children 18 and younger.

Students do not have to be present to pick up meals, but parents/legal guardians picking up meals without a child must present one of the following for identification purposes:

  • Official letter/email from school listing of children enrolled
  • Report cards
  • Attendance records
  • Birth certificates
  • Student ID cards

No copies are required. Just present one of the above identifications per child and meals will be provided.

Meals may be picked up at any campus; however, students may pick up only one meal bundle per day.

 

What is the cost for meals?

As of Sept. 14, Northside ISD implemented a USDA National Free Meal Waiver.

  • Traditional in-building breakfast and lunch available to enrolled NISD students at no cost through the waiver period.
  • “Grab-n-Go” meal locations lunch, breakfast for tomorrow and supper (at approved sites) available to enrolled students during virtual learning and children in the community ages 18 and younger at no cost through the waiver period.

Note: USDA reserves the right to withdraw this approval subject to the availability of funding.

 

How can I apply for Free & Reduced Meals?

A new Free and Reduced lunch meal application is required each school year.  Although the USDA National Free Meal Waiver period has been extended, please continue submitting free and reduced price meal applications. An approved meal application is good for the entire 2020-2021 school year. 

Free and Reduced Price School Meal applications are available online. Visit the Free & Reduced website for more information.

 

Where can I make payments or obtain a refund on my student’s meal account?

Payments for extra a la carte items may be made on www.myschoolbucks.com. This service also tracks meal balances and student meal history. Prior year balances will be rolled forward to the student’s new school. If a child has left the district (withdrawn or graduated), email childnutrition@nisd.net for a refund.

 

Where can I find a current menu?

Visit MealViewer for new online interactive menus.

 

What is the Supper program?

A new Supper program has been implemented at 56 state-approved campuses. Supper meals are provided to students enrolled in an after school enrichment program at no cost. Visit MealViewer to see what will be served for supper each day.

 

What safety precautions are being taken to ensure my child is safe?

  • Students will use hand sanitizer dispensers at the entry of each serving line.
  • Meals will be served on disposable plates that will be pre-plated “to go” with disposable utensils and pre-packaged condiments.
  • All Child Nutrition Staff will be wearing face coverings, gloves, and washing their hands frequently.
  • All staff will complete an online health screening before entering the building.
  • Serving line areas will be cleaned regularly after each class or group.
  • Cafeterias will have plexiglass barriers in the serving lines between staff and students where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Visual cues, signage, and barriers will be used to demonstrate social distancing and face covering reminders.

 

Who do I contact if I have additional questions about meals?

Contact the Cafeteria Manager at your child’s school or the Child Nutrition office at (210) 397-4501 or via email at childnutrition@nisd.net.