EDINBURG – The Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District celebrated the one-year milestone of its highly successful Curbside Meal Pickup Program on March 23.
"I think it's just awesome that we've been able to provide more than 6.5 million meals to all our students and the surrounding community in this time of need," said ECISD COVID-19 Director Dr. Anthony Garza. "The pandemic has taken a toll on everyone. A lot of people have lost jobs and don't have food on the table at home. Edinburg CISD has stepped up and provided these meals."
Since March 23, 2020, school nutrition professionals have served over 6.5 million healthy meals to feed all children in the community amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
"It has been a tremendous year. It's been a busy year and a hectic year. And it's just a testament to show what people here at ECISD can do when we all work together," said ECISD Child Nutrition Director Jaime Perez. "There aren't enough thanks that we can give them for all that they've done."
On September 7, 2020, Edinburg CISD expanded its Curbside Meal Pickup Program. As part of the expansion, the bus drivers began delivering meals to children in designated communities. The service has increased the daily student meal distribution by approximately 5,000 meals to a total of more than 30,000 meals per day.
"It is phenomenal the way that they've done this, and we're not just talking pick up. We're talking delivery too," said ECISD School Board President Miguel "Mike" Farias. "I feel very proud and very humble at the same time to be sitting on the Board of phenomenal workers and staff that go way beyond their comfort zone, and in a time of need, give to the community that really needs food."
The Curbside Meal Pickup Program runs Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 41 campuses. For a list of pick-up sites or to see the weekly menu, visit https://www.ecisd.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1311649&type=d&pREC_ID=1578044.