Fort Worth ISD Healthy Food Pantries Change Gears with Drive-Up Distribution
Editor's Note: The following story is from Blue Zones Project Fort Worth, an Inside FWISD contributor.
Fort Worth ISD and Blue Zones Project Fort Worth are meeting student and family needs during this challenging pandemic. Two innovative healthy food pantries piloted in FWISD schools last fall are shifting from indoor to drive-up distribution.
Alice Contreras Elementary and Daggett Middle schools offer a safe, no-contact process that continues providing families and students with fresh vegetables, fruit and traditional shelf-stable items. A first of its kind in the Fort Worth ISD, the healthy food pantry program -- a collaboration of North Texas Healthy Communities and Blue Zones Project -- began in November 2019. The goal is for fresh produce to make up at least 50% of the food available through the pantries.
School staff and community volunteers – including basketball players from Texas Wesleyan University – serve as volunteers placing food boxes into vehicle trunks for families visiting the mobile food pantries. Prior to the pandemic and students transitioning to virtual learning, families could visit the two schools at designated times to select garden-fresh produce from refrigerated cases and other food staples.
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Where To Get A Free COVID-19 Test This Week
The City of Fort Worth and Tarrant County has expanded its free community COVID-19 testing sites. Locations for testing include two Fort Worth ISD sites.
The following are upcoming events where COVID-19 tests are available:
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: Tarrant County College - South Campus (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.) (saliva test), 5301 Campus Drive, Fort Worth
Thursday September 10: Beth Eden Baptist Church (2 - 5 p.m.), 3208 Wilbarger St., Fort Worth
Friday, September 11: Christ Church Assembly of God (8 - 11 a.m.), 5301 Altamesa Blvd. Fort Worth
Friday, September 11: Hillwood Commons I (2 - 5 p.m.), 9800 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth
Click here for more details.
McLean MS Student Donates $5,000 to Local Food Bank
A sweet treat was just the recipe McLean Middle School eight-grader Sydney Ratner needed to help neighbors across the county.
Recently, Sydney was featured in a WFAA (Channel 8) story about her efforts to support the Tarrant Area Food Bank and local residents in need of food.
This summer, she baked desserts and donated proceeds from the sales of those treats and a matching contribution totaling a combined $5,000 to the food bank.
Click here to check out her story.
City Urges Residents To Get Flu Shot Early
The City of Fort Worth is urging residents to get this year’s flu shot sooner than later.
Click here for details on what to know about the 2020-2021 influenza season and where to get a flu shot.
FWISD First Day of School “Like No Other”:Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner visited several District schools Tuesday, September 8, the first day of the 2020-21 school year. As this video shows, everywhere he went teachers were joyfully engaging with their students online.
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price joined Dr. Scribner before the sun was up at the District’s new Teaching and Learning Center (TLC), where they were interviewed by local news media. Dr. Scribner then gave Mayor Price a tour of the TLC, where in the future, teachers will receive professional development.
#FWISDFirstDay: Fort Worth ISD's 2020-2021 school year got underway virtually for students Tuesday. Students will receive online instruction the first four weeks of the academic year. The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education will hear a presentation outlining a timeline for a return to in-person instruction and also consider action on the matter at a special meeting on September 15.
Rosemont Elementary Drive-Through Roundup: Rosemont Elementary School kicked off the new school year on a bright note with its back-to-school roundup for families, September 3.
Organized by Principal Nakita Brewer, and her long-time partners at University Christian Church and Kids Hope Ministry, the roundup offered students and their families support for a successful school year while complying with health and safety protocols for minimizing the spread of COVID-19. University Christian Church provided free school supplies and uniform polo shirts for every child. The University of North Texas Pediatric Unit offered free immunizations and fresh and canned food were provided by Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB). Information about city resources, voter registration and the 2020 Census was also be available. School-spirit shirts and delicious snacks were available for sale by the school PTO. Refreshing Kona Ice cones were also sold.
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