Digital Exclusive: Schools provide an update on meals to go and beyond the school year

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(YourBasin) – Both Midland and Ector County ISD continue providing meals for students as just last week Governor Abbott in a news conference stated that schools across Texas will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

For Ector County, a steady decrease in meals being served to students has steadily decreased according to Director of Nutrition Brandon Reyes.

“It is dropping on a daily basis but you know we’re still serving 12,000 meals so you know that’s pretty indicative that there’s still a part of the community relies on this,” says Reyes.

Ector County started providing meals on March 17th.

Since moving meal services to on the go, Reyes and his staff have some difficulty tracking numbers accurately. But, orders the district has made have not been disrupted.

“The orders we place, we receive in a timely manner,” says Reyes.

To extend their meals and inventory, Reyes states that the service also provides cold meals available should they run out of hot meals.

“Some of the folks that come in toward the end of meal service on a consistent basis may think, oh man we’re getting nothing but cold meals. But, it’s just kind of us trying to do our best to extend our inventory so that we are able to continue this for as long as we can,” says Reyes.

Still a day to day basis, Ector County plans to provide meals in the summer but will have to reduce the number of schools that are set up to provide meals for kids.

“We’re at about 37 right now to maybe about 10 to 12,” says Reyes

Reyes and his staff are ready to operate for the long run but is waiting on to see if certain waivers will be extended. Those two waivers being ‘Allow Non-congregate Feeding in the Child Nutrition Programs’ and ‘Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children.’

Reyes states no matter the outcome, they are prepared for the long run in providing meals for students.

In a release from Midland ISD, the number of meals has steadily increased. The week after the district’s Spring Break, they served 21,747 meals in comparison to the last week serving 49,418 meals.

Currently, the district states they haven’t had any issues receiving food but have had challenges of obtaining ancillary items like paper bags and hand-sanitizer.

MISD is closely monitoring the situation of COVID-19 and will plan on releasing information for nutritional meals as they current school year comes to an end.

The district is currently delivering around 164 meals to over 47 different families.

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