School district distributed 155,522 meals last week
April 11, 2020
Press release from Alachua County Schools
Including the meals provided to children for this weekend, Alachua County Public Schools gave out 155,522 meals this week from 76 sites across the county. The Food and Nutrition Services staff have been preparing and distributing the meals, and bus drivers are helping get those meals to the sites they have set up at bus stops in high-needs neighborhoods.
This week, the food service staff trained more than 200 school paraprofessionals who volunteered to come in to help with distribution, since the number of meals is now so high.
Also, the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank put out a call for help on Thursday afternoon in processing and distributing a huge influx of fresh produce that had come in. Alachua County Public Schools stepped in to help.
Beginning early Friday morning, they picked up, sorted, bagged, and then distributed about 1200 bags of produce at some of the highest needs sites so families would have some additional and healthy food for the week. This took additional district staff, including staff from the Warehouse, from the Facilities and Transportation departments, and other district staff who pitched in, including Superintendent Karen Clarke.