First day response for grab-and-go meals far exceeds expectations at several schools

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The first day of Dallas ISD providing bulk grab-and-go meals saw a huge response from the community, with the turnout at several schools far exceeding original expectations.

Each meal package given to students had breakfast, lunch and dinner for three days, with a total of more than 100,000 meals given out to students Monday.

With schools being closed indefinitely, Monday was the first time Dallas ISD has ever provided students with three days of grab-and-go breakfast, lunch and dinner. Since it was the first time, the district estimated what the demand would be at the nearly 50 schools offering meals to all students.

Dallas ISD Food and Child Nutrion Services Executive Director Michael Rosenberger said Monday’s meal service will now provide the baseline data of how many meals need to be distributed and served at the locations in the future.

“Now that we have a better idea of what demand will be at the different schools, we will be better prepared on Thursday to feed students at these high-demand locations,” Rosenberger said. “We thank our families for their patience on this first day as we improve upon this new system. We are here for the students of Dallas ISD and are committed to serving all of them.”

The bulk grab-and-go meals will be distributed on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. at the entrance of the selected schools. All children 18 years of age and younger qualify for the meals, as well as all students with disabilities regardless of age. At most locations, families will be able to pick up the meals from their cars.

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