Thanks to a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Leander ISD will begin offering free breakfast and lunch to all students, both virtual and in-person, beginning Monday, Nov. 2.
All free meals ordered in person or online will include the same components: one entrée, one choice of milk, and the student’s choice of fruit and vegetables at both breakfast and lunch. Items not included in the free benefits include second meals, additional entrees and milk, and any à la carte snack items. Menus, service standards, and à la carte items will stay the same.
Families can learn more about what they can do about their current positive meal balance by clicking here.
“The district working to make this a reality for each and every student means they will have access to a nutritious meal, which is essential for children’s mental and physical development,” Leander ISD Board of Trustees President Trish Bode said. “This will add clarity for students and their families during an uncertain environment while supporting the Board’s goal of focusing on the whole child.”
“I am thrilled to be able to offer our families this support during these challenging times,” Leander ISD Superintendent Bruce Gearing said. “I remain incredibly grateful to our families and community for their unfailing support of our children. Your patience and grace with us as we navigate these challenges has been phenomenal. As for LEEF, words cannot express my awe at your generosity on such short notice. We truly are #1LISD!”
To further support LISD families, the Leander Educational Excellence Foundation (LEEF) is paying off all negative meal balances for the district. LEEF’s contribution of more than $11,224 benefits 1,579 children and allows the district to no longer send negative meals balance notifications to families.
“Food security is extremely important for kids to grow and focus in the classroom,” said LEEF Executive Director Kristen Huguley. “While the pandemic has impacted us in a lot of areas, we don’t want finances to hold them back from excelling. On behalf of our thousands of LEEF contributors, we are so glad to use this opportunity to love on and help our students.”
Earlier this year, LEEF provided $13,000 through their student services program to help pay for computer rentals.Their passion for providing opportunities to all of our students abounds!
For additional information about our Child Nutrition Services program, click here.