Fund created to help cover cost of school food expansion, remote learning during COVID-19 response

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Austin Ed Fund, Austin ISD’s nonprofit public education foundation, has announced AISD Crisis Support Fund, an effort to support its school communities by supplementing access to food services, health programs and remote learning during the response to COVID-19. On March 16, AISD announced school closures for students through April 3 and asked families to plan for potential longer-term closures.

Donate to the AISD Crisis Support Fund

As AISD staff makes plans for meal provision, remote learning and attending to the health and social and emotional needs of our students, faculty and staff, the Austin Ed Fund will be closely monitoring the greatest needs during this ever-changing situation and responding where possible.

One of the first and urgent needs for our most vulnerable students and their families is access to food. Nearly 67% or about 54,000 AISD students qualify for meal benefits and many rely on school meals during the school day. With support, AISD can leverage the existing student meal delivery system and expand to serve an estimated 4,800 meals to parents per day.

Contributions to the AISD Crisis Support Fund will expand the reach of the student meal service to parents and caregivers during the week. It will also add a weekend pack so families can have food security over the weekends. The funds will expand the existing AISD food production and delivery systems with dollars going directly to food, supplies, additional staffing and other needs.

Beginning March 23, AISD will offer curbside meals at 16 school sites and delivery routes in 67 attendance zones throughout the city. For more information about sites and delivery, please visit www.austinisd.org/student-health/coronavirus/meals.

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