MCALLEN, Texas – IDEA schools are offering free meals to children across the valley but more than just placing food on a plate, the cafeteria staff is sticking around after their shifts to sew masks.
“The world is changing,” said Cafeteria Manager Angeles Diaz.
While the world is changing, so is the way cafeteria employees work, said Diaz. Workers wake up at 3 a.m. to be at the cafeteria by 5 a.m., so thousands of meals can be ready by 7 a.m.
“The food program is open to the community,” said Diaz.
Just this morning, the district served over a thousand meals to children from all across the Valley. One of IDEA’s core values is Team and Family, which is why after their shift in the kitchen ends, employees volunteer their time off to make masks for IDEA staff members that are working at the campuses distributing curbside meals and the childcare program.
“Sometimes we leave until really late because we set a goal for ourselves.”, said Diaz.
The goal is 100 masks a week and Diaz said they don’t stop until they reach it. She hopes the efforts her staff is making to keep the community healthy, serves as an eye opener for people to listen and stay home.
Starting Friday, the district will be offering meals for parents to take home for the weekend. If the child is unavailable to be present you must show a school ID or a report card.
The food program is available at IDEA schools across the Valley. On weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Children don’t have to be part of the district, but must be under the age of 18.