School buses will roll once again, but for a special reason — they will be delivering fresh produce to students at 68 select elementary campuses as part of a new produce delivery program.

Fresh Bus school buses will provide weekly deliveries of fresh fruits and vegetables to several locations in each school community, making fresh produce directly available to more than 36,000 students.

The initiative is funded by a grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program and coordinated by a collaboration between HISD’s Nutrition Services and Transportation Services.

“We’ve worked hard over the last two months to ensure our students and their families continue to have access to good food despite schools being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said. “This program is another way to keep that momentum going.”

The Fresh Bus produce delivery program is expected to run through the end of July.

Students enrolled at participating schools are eligible, but parents must complete a registration survey for each child participating in the program. After completing the survey, they will be notified by phone with their confirmed pick-up time.

“The Fresh Bus is an innovative way to ensure our students have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, which is especially important now as we look at ways to stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Nutrition Services Officer Betti Wiggins said. “This program helps lay the foundation for a healthy lifestyle for our students.”

When picking up produce, families are required to follow signage and directions from bus attendants, who will be on site to ensure safe pedestrian traffic and appropriate social distancing at the pick-up site.

For more information on the program, visit www.houstonisd.org/freshbus, or call 713-556-2473 or 713-556-2981 between 6:30 a.m. and noon. Messages left after noon or on days when the district is closed will be returned the next business day.

 

Fresh Bus: Good Food Brought Home to You

Participating Schools

Alcott ES Atherton ES Barrick ES Bastian ES
Benavidez ES Benbrook ES Blackshear ES Bonham ES
Braeburn ES Briscoe ES Browning ES Bruce ES
Burbank ES Burnett ES Burrus ES Codwell ES
Cook ES Coop ES Durkee ES Eliot ES
Foster ES Franklin ES Frost ES Gallegos ES
Garcia ES Garden Villas ES Golfcrest ES Gregg ES
Halpin Early Childhood Center Hilliard ES Hobby ES J.R. Harris ES
Kennedy ES Lockhart ES Looscan ES Mading ES
McGowen ES McNamara ES Milne ES Mitchell ES
Nat Q. Henderson ES Northline ES Oates ES Osborne ES
Paige ES Peck ES Petersen ES Pleasantville ES
Port Houston ES R.P. Harris ES Reynolds ES Robinson ES
Rodriguez ES Ross ES Rucker ES Sanchez ES
Scarborough ES Shadydale ES Shearn ES Sherman ES
Thompson ES Tinsley ES Wesley ES Whidby ES
White ES Whittier ES Woodson ES Young ES

 

 

Fresh Bus: Good Food Brought Home to You

Participating Schools

Alcott ES Atherton ES Barrick ES Bastian ES
Benavidez ES Benbrook ES Blackshear ES Bonham ES
Braeburn ES Briscoe ES Browning ES Bruce ES
Burbank ES Burnett ES Burrus ES Codwell ES
Cook ES Coop ES Durkee ES Eliot ES
Foster ES Franklin ES Frost ES Gallegos ES
Garcia ES Garden Villas ES Golfcrest ES Gregg ES
Halpin Early Childhood Center Hilliard ES Hobby ES J.R. Harris ES
Kennedy ES Lockhart ES Looscan ES Mading ES
McGowen ES McNamara ES Milne ES Mitchell ES
Nat Q. Henderson ES Northline ES Oates ES Osborne ES
Paige ES Peck ES Petersen ES Pleasantville ES
Port Houston ES R.P. Harris ES Reynolds ES Robinson ES
Rodriguez ES Ross ES Rucker ES Sanchez ES
Scarborough ES Shadydale ES Shearn ES Sherman ES
Thompson ES Tinsley ES Wesley ES Whidby ES
White ES Whittier ES Woodson ES Young ES

 

Fresh Bus: Good Food Brought Home to You

Participating Schools

Alcott ESAtherton ESBarrick ESBastian ESBenavidez ESBenbrook ESBlackshear ESBonham ESBraeburn ESBriscoe ESBrowning ESBruce ESBurbank ESBurnett ESBurrus ESCodwell ESCook ESCoop ESDurkee ESEliot ESFoster ESFranklin ESFrost ESGallegos ESGarcia ESGarden Villas ESGolfcrest ESGregg ESHalpin Early Childhood CenterHilliard ESHobby ESJ.R. Harris ESKennedy ESLockhart ESLooscan ESMading ESMcGowen ESMcNamara ESMilne ESMitchell ESNat Q. Henderson ESNorthline ESOates ESOsborne ESPaige ESPeck ESPetersen ESPleasantville ESPort Houston ESR.P. Harris ESReynolds ESRobinson ESRodriguez ESRoss ESRucker ESSanchez ESScarborough ESShadydale ESShearn ESSherman ESThompson ESTinsley ESWesley ESWhidby ESWhite ESWhittier ESWoodson ESYoung ES
 

Fresh Bus: Good Food Brought Home to You

Participating Schools

Alcott ES Atherton ES Barrick ES Bastian ES
Benavidez ES Benbrook ES Blackshear ES Bonham ES
Braeburn ES Briscoe ES Browning ES Bruce ES
Burbank ES Burnett ES Burrus ES Codwell ES
Cook ES Coop ES Durkee ES Eliot ES
Foster ES Franklin ES Frost ES Gallegos ES
Garcia ES Garden Villas ES Golfcrest ES Gregg ES
Halpin Early Childhood Center Hilliard ES Hobby ES J.R. Harris ES
Kennedy ES Lockhart ES Looscan ES Mading ES
McGowen ES McNamara ES Milne ES Mitchell ES
Nat Q. Henderson ES Northline ES Oates ES Osborne ES
Paige ES Peck ES Petersen ES Pleasantville ES
Port Houston ES R.P. Harris ES Reynolds ES Robinson ES
Rodriguez ES Ross ES Rucker ES Sanchez ES
Scarborough ES Shadydale ES Shearn ES Sherman ES
Thompson ES Tinsley ES Wesley ES Whidby ES
White ES Whittier ES Woodson ES Young ES

 

Fresh Bus: Good Food Brought Home to You

Participating Schools

Alcott ESAtherton ESBarrick ESBastian ESBenavidez ESBenbrook ESBlackshear ESBonham ESBraeburn ESBriscoe ESBrowning ESBruce ESBurbank ESBurnett ESBurrus ESCodwell ESCook ESCoop ESDurkee ESEliot ESFoster ESFranklin ESFrost ESGallegos ESGarcia ESGarden Villas ESGolfcrest ESGregg ESHalpin Early Childhood CenterHilliard ESHobby ESJ.R. Harris ESKennedy ESLockhart ESLooscan ESMading ESMcGowen ESMcNamara ESMilne ESMitchell ESNat Q. Henderson ESNorthline ESOates ESOsborne ESPaige ESPeck ESPetersen ESPleasantville ESPort Houston ESR.P. Harris ESReynolds ESRobinson ESRodriguez ESRoss ESRucker ESSanchez ESScarborough ESShadydale ESShearn ESSherman ESThompson ESTinsley ESWesley ESWhidby ESWhite ESWhittier ESWoodson ESYoung ES
Fresh Bus: Good Food Brought Home to You

Participating Schools

Alcott ESAtherton ESBarrick ESBastian ES
Benavidez ESBenbrook ESBlackshear ESBonham ES
Braeburn ESBriscoe ESBrowning ESBruce ES
Burbank ESBurnett ESBurrus ESCodwell ES
Cook ESCoop ESDurkee ESEliot ES
Foster ESFranklin ESFrost ESGallegos ES
Garcia ESGarden Villas ESGolfcrest ESGregg ES
Halpin Early Childhood CenterHilliard ESHobby ESJ.R. Harris ES
Kennedy ESLockhart ESLooscan ESMading ES
McGowen ESMcNamara ESMilne ESMitchell ES
Nat Q. Henderson ESNorthline ESOates ESOsborne ES
Paige ESPeck ESPetersen ESPleasantville ES
Port Houston ESR.P. Harris ESReynolds ESRobinson ES
Rodriguez ESRoss ESRucker ESSanchez ES
Scarborough ESShadydale ESShearn ESSherman ES
Thompson ESTinsley ESWesley ESWhidby ES
White ESWhittier ESWoodson ESYoung ES