COVID Meal Program

On August 31, 2020 , the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will allow schools to continue serving free meals to all children into the fall months. This unprecedented move will help ensure – no matter what the situation is on-the-ground – children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. This program will continue until funding runs out which may last as long as December 31, 2020.  

The Texas Department of Agriculture has established their standards for this program, and Alvarado ISD applied for this program for our community.  Anyone eighteen and under can receive free meals until this program expires.

Face to face students will be able to receive free meals at their home campus during normal meal service, and virtual learners and community members eighteen and younger will be able to receive free meals through our grab and go lines at Alvarado Elementary South and Lillian Elementary. 

In order for a meal to be free, it must be a reimbursable meal with all required components.  A la carte items like additional entrees, snacks, and ice cream are not offered for free.  A la carte items will not be available in our Grab and Go lines.  Face to face students may purchase a la carte items in their school cafeterias.  

Grab and Go Lines

Virtual learners and community members eighteen and younger will be able to receive both a breakfast and a lunch through our grab and go lines each school day between 9:00 and 10:00 AM.  There is no need to get out of your car.  Just pull up, pop your trunk, and our staff will put the meals in your trunk for you.  If your child is not in the car with you, you will need to show a school ID or their birth certificate to receive meals.  If your child is in the car with you, verification is not required.
Car lines will be formed starting in the back of each school, extending to the front.
 Curbside Pick Up Locations: Lillian Elementary School
  5001 2738
  Alvarado, TX
   Alvarado Elementary South
  1000 E Davis
  Alvarado, TX 
Curbside Pickup Times: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  School Days Monday - Friday
Start Date:  September 14, 2020

Do I have to fill out a Meal Application?

If you have already filled out an application for free or reduced meals this year, thank you.  We are still processing meal applications daily.  We strongly encourage you to complete a meal application, if you have not already.  Please remember that the COVID meal program will only last until December 31st or until funding runs out. 


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