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Thousands of breakfasts, lunches served on first day of SISD meal service

Socorro ISD staff providing community with breakfast and lunch meals  

Note: Out of an abundance of caution to keep students, employees and families safe and to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, SISD is adjusting the meal service program during the school closure. With the City and the County of El Paso “Stay Home, Work Safe” order in mind and in order to adhere to government/health authorities guidelines of social distancing to the largest extent as possible, SISD is consolidating to one pickup timeframe and reducing the number of meal pickup sites. Families may pick up breakfast and lunch at the same time from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday at select schools within the district. Please see www.sisd.net/covid19 for list of schools providing meals.

Students in the Socorro Independent School District enjoyed healthy breakfasts and lunches on March 24, the first day of free meal service for children in Team SISD during the school closure due to the COVID-19 situation.

Thousands of meals were provided via a drive-through and walk-up pickup service at traditional schools. Students and families showed up in vehicles, on foot and on bikes to receive their healthy meals for the day.

“It went fantastic! Over 11,700 meals were served throughout the district,” said Shelley Chenausky, director of SISD Child Nutrition Services. “Parents and students are so grateful for the meals. We saw lots of smiles and many people said thank you.”

SISD is providing breakfast and lunch service March 24-27, 2020 and Monday through Friday thereafter, until further notice. The meals are available at all traditional schools in Team SISD to pick up and take home. Students who attend a specialty campus (Options High School, Mission Early College High School, KEYS Academy) can pick up meals at the nearest traditional campus.

The CNS employees prepared meals at the school cafeterias and used social distancing techniques to safely give the meals to the students.

“Thank you to all the behind the scenes SISD staff that are working to keep our schools clean and scholars fed,” said Cactus Trails Elementary principal Leslie Thomas on a Twitter post. “You are the heart and soul of a great team. We appreciate your service.”

Mission Ridge Elementary School principal Jesus Mendez also was appreciative of the cafeteria employees’ work.

“Thank you #TeamSISD CNS Department and Mission Ridge Cafeteria Staff for your hard work today,” Mendez said on Twitter. “Over 150 breakfast meals served and 300+ lunch meals passed out on the first day! Great community service!” 

Parents were thankful to have the meal service and students were happy to be receiving delicious, healthy meals.

"Getting our great breakfast and our package, thank you PHE,” Purple Heart Elementary parent Sally Marin said on Twitter.

Parents also acknowledged the CNS employees for their dedication to make the meal service a success and for their continued service moving forward.

“Thank you @HHeights_ES and the CNS staff for the afternoon lunches,” said Horizon Heights Elementary parent Maria Becerra on Twitter.  “These 2 ladies will be getting back to work!”

The weekday meal service is being provided for all children 18 years old or under in a household, regardless of where they reside or income qualifications.

The program will be solely for the pickup of meals; meals cannot be consumed on site. Families are asked to be proactive in preventing the risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the schools and practicing social distancing once meals have been distributed.

Published March 25, 2020

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