Serving up a smile
Even with school on hiatus amid the COVID-19 crisis, Fredericksburg Independent School District Food Service staff is serving meals to children.
“Our job is to serve the community and we want to make sure that everyone gets taken care of during this rough time. And we don’t want any student to go hungry,” said Joyce Fox, FISD Director of School Nutrition.
Free meals are available to all students under age 18, whether or not the student attends an FISD school. Meals are currently being served on a drive-thru basis at Fredericksburg Primary School and Fredericksburg Middle School.
FPS meals are served at 1110 South Adams Street and distributed at the horseshoe on Adams Street.
Meals at FMS are served at 110 West Travis Street and are distributed at the back of the school at the end of Orchard Street, where the buses drop off/pick up students.
Breakfast is served from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and lunch is served from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
The only requirement is that the students must be present to receive the meal.
“Students just have to show up in their cars and we are going to serve them,” Fox said.
Breakfast meals have included cereal, breakfast tacos, kolaches and other breakfast sandwiches.
Lunch will include foods like sandwiches, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets and pizza.
In the short week that meals have been served, around 30 meals are served at breakfast and 120 are served at lunch.
“We want to try and do three hot meals and two cold meals each week,” Fox said.
FISD Food Service staff is also looking into extending service into the weekend, but no formal arrangements have been made.
The staff also encourages people to check on their neighbors and provide rides to students who may not be able to get to school on their own.
Updates on the food service schedule can be viewed online at fisd.org, under Departments and School Nutrition Services.
Prepared for the long run
During Spring Break, FISD food service received their regular grocery order, pending that students would be returning to the classrooms.
Because students are now learning from home, Fox said they have plenty of food to serve students.
“Because we have had two larger orders in the last two weeks or so, we have our freezers stocked pretty well,” Fox said. “We now just have to rework our menu to utilize what we have.”
Fox is looking to purchase to-go containers and other storage containers to make sure food stays fresh and it is easy for students to transport.
An overwhelming response of thanks has already been received by the food service staff. While the staff loves serving meals, they still miss the kids they get to interact with daily.
“We are very grateful and are so appreciative of these students and their families,” Fox said. “This has been a rough time and we want to continue to make sure that no one goes hungry.”
Fredericksburg Independent School District Food Service staff has begun serving meals to children ages 18 and under in the community. Staff serves breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. to all children, whether they attend FISD schools or not. Students must be present to receive meals. Meals are served Monday through Friday on a drive-thru basis at Fredericksburg Primary School and Fredericksburg Middle School.