School districts to offer free lunch for local students

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - Both local school districts are getting ready to provide meals for their students this upcoming week.

Starting on Monday, Laredo and United ISD will set up food distribution sites where students can pick up a free meal.

Several of them will serve as drive-thru sites.

Meal kits will be provided to any child 18 years old and younger.

Harmony Public Schools will also offer free lunch and breakfast pickup for any child, however, in an effort to minimize our parents’ driving commute every day, they will offer Monday, Wednesday and Friday only lunch and breakfast pickup for multiple days between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m at the Harmony Science Academy Laredo campus located on 4401 San Francisco Ave.

"I see them coming with their smiles, they're thankful that we're supporting the community," said Jose DeLeon, Principal at Santa Maria Elementary. "We welcome all of our students to come with their parents, of course, to come over so they can get a delicious meal for them so they can enjoy this gorgeous day."

The program will continue while schools remain closed.

Officials ask that children remain in the car while the food is being distributed, and distribution includes one meal per child. The child must also be present to receive the meal.

As of Monday, March 23rd United ISD recorded 10,000 meals distributed while Laredo ISD says a little over 8,000 meals were distributed.

Parents can take their child to pick up a meal at any LISD campus with the exception of Lara Academy and Jose Valdez High School.

As for UISD, meals will be provided at the following locations:

BONNIE GARCIA ELEMENTARY (1453 Concord Hills Blvd.)
BORCHERS ELEMENTARY (9551 Backwoods Trail )
CLARK ELEMENTARY (500 W. Hillside Rd.)
CUELLAR ELEMENTARY (6431 Casa Del Sol Blvd.)
FASKEN SCHOOL (11111 Atlanta Dr.)
GONZALEZ MIDDLE SCHOOL (5208 Sta. Claudia Lane)
KENNEDY-ZAPATA ELEMENTARY (3809 Espejo Molina Rd., El Cenizo, Tx)
LOS OBISPOS MIDDLE SCHOOL (4801 S. Ejido Rd.)
LYNDON B. JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL (5626 Cielito Lindo Blvd.)
MULLER ELEMENTARY (4430 Muller Memorial Blvd.)
NEWMAN ELEMENTARY (1300 Alta Vista)
PRADA ELEMENTARY (510 Soria Dr.)
RAUL PERALES MIDDLE SCHOOL (410 EG Ranch Road)
RUIZ ELEMENTARY (1717 Ave. Los Presidentes)
SAN ISIDRO ELEMENTARY (11021 Bucky Houdman)
SALVADOR GARCIA MIDDLE SCHOOL (499 Pena Dr., Rio Bravo, Tx)
TRAUTMANN MIDDLE SCHOOL (8501 Curly Lane)
UNITED MIDDLE SCHOOL (700 E. Del Mar Blvd.)