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Where to find free lunches, activities during extended break in Central Texas

With some families scrambling to find meals or things to occupy their kids during the extended spring break, we compiled a list of the resources available.

Monday will begin an extended spring break at schools across Texas, leaving many to find ways to occupy their children unexpectedly.

And, for families who rely on school meals, how to provide food.

We've compiled a list of available meal programs and public library closures to aid in the process.

Public Libraries

  • Waco - closed through March 29th
  • Killeen - open
  • Belton - open
  • Temple - open

School meal programs

La Vega ISD - Drive-Thru at all campuses

  • Breakfast: 6:30-8:30 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Waco ISD - Curbside - Breakfast 8-9:30 a.m.; Lunch 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

  • Alta Vista Elementary (3637 Alta Vista Dr.),
  • Calvary Baptist Church (1001 N. 18th A St.),
  • Dewey Park Recreation Center (925 N. 9th St.),
  • Estella Maxey Place (1809 J.J. Flewellen),
  • Highland Baptist Church (3014 Maple Ave.),
  • J.H. Hines Elementary (301 Garrison St.),
  • Kate Ross Housing Authority (937 S. 11th St.),
  • Kendrick Elementary (1801 Kendrick Ln.),
  • Lake Shore Baptist Church (5801 Bishop Dr.),
  • Meadowbrook Baptist Church (1207 N. Old Robinson Rd.),
  • Park Lake Drive Baptist Church (3701 N. 27th St.),
  • South Terrace Community Center (2615 S. 12th St.),
  • St. Louis Catholic Church (2001 N. 25th St.), and
  • Waco Family YMCA (6800 Harvey Dr.)

The district’s child nutrition services departments will also begin operating vans to distribute pre-packaged lunches at the following locations and times Monday-Friday:

  • Trendwood Apartments (1700 Dallas Cir.) from 11 to 11:30 a.m.,
  • Crestview Park (4615 Sanger Ave.) from 11:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.,
  • Parkdale Elementary (6400 Edmond Ave.) from 12:15 to 12:40 p.m.,
  • The Waco Apartments (2724 N. Robinson Dr.) from 12:20 to 12:45 p.m.,
  • The Circle @ 1800 Apartments (1800 Primrose Dr.) from 1 to 1:10 p.m., and
  • The Cove on 21st Apartments (2425 S. 21st St.) from 1:15 to 1:25 p.m.

Midway ISD - Curbside - Breakfast 8-9 a.m.; Lunch 11 a.m.-Noon

  • Castleman Creek Elementary
  • Hewitt Elementary
  • Speegleville Elementary

Temple ISD - Breakfast 7:30-8:30 a.m.; Lunch 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

  • Jefferson Elementary
  • Western Hills Elementary
  • Scott Elementary
  • Meridith-Dunbar Elementary
  • Thornton Elementary

Belton ISD - Grab & Go - Breakfast 7:30-9 a.m.; Lunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • Miller Heights Elementary
  • Southwest Elementary
  • Pirtle Elementary

Killeen ISD - Breakfast 7:30-8:30 a.m.; Lunch 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

  • Cedar Valley Elementary
  • Hay Branch Elementary
  • Harker Heights Elementary
  • Manor Middle School
  • Oveta Culp Hobby Elementary
  • Peebles Elementary
  • Pershing Park Elementary
  • Rancier Middle School
  • Reeces Creek Elementary
  • Shoemaker High School Fieldhouse
  • West Ward Elementary
  • Willow Springs Elementary

Copperas Cove ISD - Breakfast 7:30 a.m.- 9 a.m.; Lunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

  • Hettie Halstead Elementry
  • Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary
  • Stevens Early Learning Academy.

Baylor University has compiled a comprehensive, statewide list of school closures and meals provided by school district. Click here for the list.

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