The Houston Independent School District will relaunch food distribution efforts throughout the district beginning Monday, April 6, with a streamlined process that will implement increased safety measures.
HISD Nutrition Services will continue to work with the
Houston Food Bank for the initiative and use the Hexser T. Holliday Food
Services Support Facility as the central hub for this initiative. Staff will
pack food boxes at the facility, which then will be delivered to the distribution
sites Monday through Friday. Each site will distribute 500 boxes per day.
As a safety measure, HISD will also employ the Standard Distribution Method
developed by the I Love You Guys Foundation, which will streamline efforts and
include social distancing for both staff and families.
In a matter of eight days, the food distribution sites
operated by the Houston Independent School District in partnership with the
Houston Food Bank assisted nearly 40,000 families.
The 61 food distributions served approximately 1 million
pounds of food to families in need before being canceled late Wednesday. Nearly
2,000 staff and volunteers assisted with the efforts and were able to serve
5,000 families per day throughout HISD.
The cancellation of the distribution sites will remain in
effect as the district re-evaluates its process for safely delivering this
service to students and families.
service will still be available and social distancing required at all locations
Due to the threat
of inclement weather, the Houston Independent School District and the Houston
Food Bank are rescheduling Friday’s food distribution sites for Monday to
ensure the safety of families and volunteers.
food distribution sites will extend operations throughout the week of Monday,
pickup service will continue to be available at all 39 food distribution sites
districtwide next week to help promote personal health and social distancing. Families
who do not have transportation and must walk to the site can continue to stand
in line but will be required to stand six feet apart from each other. HISD
Police and staff volunteers will be on site to enforce these measures and help
with crowd control.
The Houston Independent
School District and the Houston Food Bank will offer curbside pickup service at
all 36 food distribution sites districtwide beginning March 16 to help promote personal health
and social distancing.
Families who do not have transportation and must walk
to the site can continue to stand in line but will be required to stand six
feet apart from each other. HISD Police and staff volunteers will be on site to
enforce these measures and help with crowd control.
“Social distancing is a key measure we must implement
to prevent the spread of COVID-19, so adding curbside pickup and keeping lines
spaced out are important steps,” said HISD Interim Superintendent
Grenita Lathan. “Thanks to our partners at the Houston Food Bank and our police
and staff volunteers, we are able to safely distribute meals to our families in need
during this time.”
In response to high demand on Saturday, March 14 at Chavez High School, HISD, in partnership with the Houston Food Bank School Market program, will offer daily food distribution at 31 additional campuses beginning Wednesday, March 18 and continuing through Friday, March 20.
The five campuses previously scheduled to serve as food distribution locations will remain unchanged on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.
first-hand, the enormous need in the community at our first distribution site,
it was clear that we needed to increase our efforts to help more families in
partnership with the Houston Food Bank,” said HISD Interim Superintendent
Grenita Lathan. “Our top priority right now is doing our part to ensure that
our children are being fed during these unprecedented times, and I am thankful
to all who are stepping up to serve families.”
The Houston Independent School District’s Communications department earned top honors for its work in communications and community engagement during the 2020 Texas School Public Relations Association Annual Conference in Austin.
The accolades covered nearly all facets of communications, including writing, videography, graphic design, marketing, branding, and special events.
“As the storytellers of HISD, we are passionate about sharing the inspiring stories of our resilient students, hard-working teachers, and empowering leaders,” said Chief Communications Officer Rebecca Suarez. “I am extremely proud of our Communications Team for their creative lens and clear focus on promoting the district’s strategic priorities to help student succeed.”
For the second consecutive year, the Houston Independent School District has been ranked one of the top 10 school districts in the nation for highest student participation in the federal School Breakfast Program.
HISD ranked seventh in the nation and second in the state for the number of low-income students who participate in both the School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, according to the Food Research & Action Center’s 2018-2019 School Breakfast: Making it Work in Large School Districts report released Thursday.
When it comes to meeting the nutritional needs of HISD students, Nutrition Services’ work isn’t limited to the cafeteria. Their efforts go beyond the plate and all the way to the athletic field.
Nutrition Services Dietitian Nan Cramer and Chef Trainer Brittany Jones recently visited Delmar Stadium to serve up samples of green power smoothies — a tasty blend of apple, banana, soy milk, kale, no-nut butter, and vanilla extract — and to educate coaches, players, and parents on the impact of proper nutrition on athletes.
He eagerly sampled the smoothie and gave his approval.