Pike Road Schools Give Out Meals In Response to Coronavirus School Closures
In an effort to support local families during the school closures, the Pike Road Schools System is offering free pick up meals to children. Pike Road Schools Superintendent Chuck Ledbetter says now is a time of need for many children in and around his district.
“We’re trying to make sure we’re taking care of all of our kids. We are their second family,” Ledbetter said.
The meals are part of Pike Road Schools Child Nutrition Program.
The meals are not limited to Pike Road students- but any child 18 years or younger- regardless of residency.
“It just puts things in perspective. you know, when things change whether its a virus or otherwise to know people are going to come together. This community has shown nothing less than a huge outpouring for its people. and it starts with food,” PRS Elementary School Principal Jeff Hatfield said.
Each child is given two days worth of breakfast and lunch. Pickup is from 11 to 1 every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from now through April 3rd. The meals can be picked up at Pike Road’s Historic Middle School campus.
“We serve our community more than just in the classroom, academically or socially and this is big part of it,” Hatfield said.
No paperwork is required. Ledbetter says the coronavirus is causing heavy burdens for families.
“Right now, we’re at a time where you’ve got a lot of families who are not getting the income that they’ve been relying on,” Ledbetter said.
He says this is one step in providing support to the children.
“Having they’re nutritional needs met is the first thing we need to do to make sure we meet their educational needs,” Letbetter said.
The meals must be eaten off-site due to ADPH and CDC health guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.
Serving dates include Wednesday March 25, Friday March 27, Monday March 30, Wednesday April 1, and Friday April 3. School officials say State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey is expected to give an update soon related to the rest of the school year.