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Thousands of meals will be distributed to NBISD elementary school students each Friday as part of a Weekend Meals program.
Weekend Meals is a program that sends home four meals with elementary students every Friday. The meals include two (2) breakfasts and two (2) lunches each weekend.
Funding for the program came from the United States Department of Agriculture, according to Robert Rushing, assistant director of Child Nutrition at NBISD.
Meals began being distributed the last Friday of October, and they are provided at no cost to NBISD students.
While not all NBISD schools have been included in the distribution, Rushing said, “Our ultimate plan is to serve weekend meals to all of the elementary schools.”
The program has been approved by the USDA through June, and as of Wednesday, Nov. 18, 7,440 meals had been distributed, Rushing said.
For breakfast, students receive mini French toast, cereal or a cereal bar. Lunches contain hot dogs, corn dogs, chicken nuggets and other items.
At campuses where weekend meals have started being provided, students receive the bag of food at the end of the school day on Friday.
CAPTION: Students at Carl Schurz Elementary receiving their free weekend meals from the Child Nutrition staff on Nov. 13 before they left for the weekend.
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