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AISD distributing produce boxes this summer
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano
Starting today, Austin families can receive free produce boxes from AISD. The boxes, which will feature locally grown produce from the Common Market Texas, are available to families with children under the age of 19. Children or adults with children (or documentation proving they have children) can pick up boxes at sites throughout the city. The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation is helping to fund the program. “Covid-19 has resulted in food insecurity well beyond what we’ve experienced in the past,” said Aliya Hussaini, a spokesperson for the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, in a press release about the program. “Austin ISD has made a remarkable pivot, in a time of great uncertainty and need, to serve as a front-line healthy food access point for children and families in our community. The Common Market is working nationally to ensure that families receive high-quality, nutritious food while also supporting farmers to distribute their product and support their employees’ livelihoods.” The produce boxes are available until they run out. Distribution will take place from 9-11 a.m on the following dates and locations:
- Wednesday, July 22: Burnet Middle School, Dobie Middle School, Padron Elementary and T.A. Brown Elementary School.
- Wednesday, July 29: Akins Early College High School, Crockett Early College High School, Dawson Elementary School and Pleasant Hill Elementary School.
- Wednesday, Aug. 5: Anderson High School, Eastside Memorial Early College High School, LBJ Early College High School, Blanton Elementary School and Blackshear Elementary School.
- Wednesday, Aug. 12: Travis Early College High School, Govalle Elementary School, Oak Hill Elementary School, Perez Elementary School and Uphaus Early Childhood Center.
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