Gainesville ISD Child Nutrition
GISD Offers Free Student Meals Beginning October 1st
Beginning October 1, Gainesville ISD, in partnership with Chartwells K12, will be bringing free meals to all students. Free school meals, including breakfast and lunch, are available to kids and teens ages 18 and younger. The program does not cover snacks and a la carte menu items. Regular meal prices and free/reduced status will resume January 1, 2021.
For all other students who may be attending school virtually, attend homeschool, or are temporarily quarantined, we are offering contactless curbside pickup at Chalmers and Edison for 5-days of breakfasts and lunches. Curbside pick-up is available on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays and includes two meals each day, providing enough fresh, nutritious, delicious meals for the entire school week. Pick up time at Chalmers is 1pm at the back side of the school. Pick-up times for Edison are 8:45-9:15 a.m. and 12:30 –1:00 p.m. at the front (north east side).
Meals are more important than ever before to help families save money and stretch their food budgets. Without access to regular nutritious meals, kids can suffer long-term consequences, both academically and in overall growth and development. School meals provide families with peace-of-mind and ensure they continue to receive the health benefits school meals provide.
Meals will be provided via curbside pick up for students who are receiving virtual instruction. However due to federal guidelines, we are not able to provide these meals free to all students. The pricing status for these meals will mirror those for in-school students. Once the student ID is verified at pick up, the student meals provided will either be free, reduced, or full price. As a reminder, breakfast is free for all students, with the exception of high school.
Locations for pick up will be the same as it was for summer meal service: Edison (front side of school) and Chalmers (back side of school).
The meal pick up schedule will be as follows:
Breakfast may be picked up from either location from 8:30am-9:00am.
Lunch may be picked up from Chalmers from 12-12:30pm or Edison from 12:25-1:15pm.
Meals will be available for pick up on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. On Mondays and Wednesdays, both breakfast and lunch can be picked up at one time and will include two days of meals (4 meals provided both days). On Fridays, both breakfast and lunch can be picked up at one time. For example, a student will be provided 2 breakfast and 2 lunches on Monday mornings and the same for Wednesday. This will ensure that students can receive all 10 meals with only 3 trips to the school.
As a reminder, the free or reduced meal status for returning GISD students will remain active through the first 30 days of school. For new GISD students and those who are newly qualified, please complete the application asap to ensure the reduced/free meals can be provided.
The department follows Food Base Menu Planning. All meals must meet the Recommended Daily Allowance established by the USDA and the Texas Department of Agriculture. We research and evaluate every recipe in our menu to ensure they meet nutrition requirements measured by the following categories: Saturated Fat, Total Fat, Calories and Sodium. For further details on the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy please refer to the full policy at www.squaremeals.org.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited apply to all programs). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Direcotr, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avunue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964(voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
De acuendo a lo establecido por las leyes Federales y el Departamento do Agriculture de los EE.UU. (USDA, siglad en ingles), se prohibite a este organismo la discriminacion por raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad, o impeimentos de las personas. (No todas las bases de prohibicion se aplican a todos los programas.) Para presentar una queja sobre discriminacion, escriba a USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, o llame al (202) 720-5964 (voz y TDD). USDA es un provendor y empleador que ofrece oportunidad igual a todos.
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