Food program will continue through the summer
May 22, 2020 – Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) today served its one millionth meal to students at its emergency food sites, hitting the milestone for providing free breakfasts and lunches while schools have remained shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. District officials also announced that meals would continue at the locations with the same schedule through the summer.
“JCPS employees have stepped up and continued to provide services that have become even more vital as families suffer through this pandemic,” JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio said. “In some cases, the meals our Nutrition Services staff are delivering to children are the only full meals they receive each week.”
After shuttering schools on March 16, JCPS began offering breakfast and lunch at emergency food sites throughout the district. The district has expanded the number of locations since then to increase the availability and accessibility of nutritious meals during the shutdown.
Participation in the feeding program has steadily increased over the last two months. JCPS Nutrition Services initially served about 2,500 students when the program started March 16; now, more than 10,500 students, on average, receive meals each day the sites are open.
“Nutrition Services is proud to help our families by providing meals during this unprecedented pandemic,” said Julia Bauscher, executive administrator of JCPS School & Community Nutrition Services. “I am especially proud of the many school nutrition workers who are working to assemble, deliver and distribute the meals to our students and other children in the community. We plan to continue to provide meals for as long as there is a need.”
While remote learning will end for JCPS on May 27, students will be able to continue receiving the free meals throughout the summer. Anyone 18 years old or younger will be able to pick up breakfast and lunch at more than 60 locations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays under USDA waiver extensions allowing the program to continue through Aug. 31. Students will be able to pick up two of each meals on Mondays and Fridays, and one meal on Fridays. For a list of times and locations, click here.