DCPS continues meal distribution with 1,000 families being served each day

By: Adrienne Wallace | Email: Click Here
Posted: April 1, 2020 | 1:31 p.m.

DINWIDDIE – Meal distribution continues Monday through Friday for Dinwiddie students throughout the duration of the school closure. 

Currently, Dinwiddie School Division is funding the breakfast and lunch program through its nutrition budget.

“However, we hope to have money available from the federal government to offset these unexpected costs,” said Christie Clarke, Director of School & Community Relations for Dinwiddie County Public Schools.

The program has taken a great deal of planning and partnerships to ensure there are supplies, as well as volunteers available to distribute the lunches and breakfasts.

And they didn’t have much time to get the purger up and running with Gov. Ralph Northam announcing school closures with little notice. However, school leaders were already in the planning stages after schools were first closed for two weeks earlier in March. The officially closed for the full year on March 24. 

Clarke credited the nutrition staff for a job well done.

“Mr. Carey Athey, Director of School Nutrition, and his School Nutrition team has done an outstanding job to get this program going so quickly,” she said. “We have also had a number of employees to volunteer to help with distribution sites. It has been a team effort.”

At this time, the schools will continue the meal distribution as long as there is a need to do so. The number of students has increased since the program first started earlier in March.

They are serving more than 1,000 meals per day which adds up to 5,000 each week. At pick up each weekday, students receive lunch for that day and breakfast for the next morning.

Meals are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Meals are FREE for all children ages 1-18. The child must be present when picking up the meals. Parents should check the meals to ensure it is appropriate for the child’s health and dietary needs, school officials recommend.

Distribution of meals is available from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. daily at the following three locations: Sunnyside Elementary, Dinwiddie Elementary, and Sutherland Elementary.

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