EDINBURG, Texas – Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District has now served one million healthy meals to children as part of its Curbside Meal Pickup Program.

The program started March 23 with school nutrition professionals feeding students in the school community amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As of Monday, 1,014,182 meals had been provided.

“Today is a big day, because we have served a million meals,” said ECISD Interim Superintendent Gilbert Garza, Jr. “The program has been a huge success for us.”

Garza said the milestone highlights the hard work and dedication of staff in ECISD’s Child Nutrition Department. He said their commitment to the cause is ensuring that children do not go to bed hungry during challenging times.

Garza also praised Edinburg CISD Board of Trustees. “Our school board kept insisting us to push the meal program,” he said.

“We do have many parents calling in very devastated, because they’ve lost their jobs. They don’t have any food. They have to walk to school to pick up their meals, because at this point that’s the only thing they have to eat,” said De Escandon Elementary School Principal Ruth Torres.

Garza promised the Curbside Meal Pickup Program will continue at all current sites throughout May. 

“We will continue for the rest of the school year through May with the 31 sites. We’ll have about 25 campuses that we’re going to have open throughout the summer.”

ECISD’s Curbside Meal Pickup Program runs Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 31 campuses through May 29. 

For a list of pick up sites or to see the weekly menu, visit https://www.ecisd.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1311649&type=d&pREC_ID=1578044

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows ECISD Interim Superintendent Gilbert Garza Jr., ECISD Assistant Superintendent for Support Services Dr. Mario Salinas, ECISD Child Nutrition Director Jaime Perez and Mary Alice Cantu, a child nutrition staff member at De Escandon Elementary School.

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