Leon County Schools working on plan to feed ‘food insecure’ students
2020欧洲杯正规平台Florida joined with eight other states and have shuttered school house doors for the rest of the month in an effort to stop transmission of the coronavirus.
2020欧洲杯正规平台As of Saturday, the virus had spread to 49 states and had killed at least 48 people, including three Floridians.
2020欧洲杯正规平台The decision to close Florida schools until March 31 creates a big disruption in the lives of more than 14,000 Leon County students who receive a school-provided breakfast and lunch for free or at a reduced price.
Leon Schools Superintendent Rocky Hanna called his leadership team in Saturday morning to work out the logistics of providing the meals. Florida has received two waivers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to use federal money to continue operating its Food Service Program during the shutdown.
2020欧洲杯正规平台The USDA has embraced innovation and flexibility during the crisis, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which administers the USDA school food program.
It has approved plans that feature “grab-and-go” delivery of meals, off-campus delivery of meals, and other methods to feed food insecure students during the crisis.
2020欧洲杯正规平台After a day of meetings and conference calls, Hanna was not sure which approach would be the most effective for the district.
"The bottom line is we will have a plan in place to provide food for children and families following the week after Spring Break," Hanna said.
2020欧洲杯正规平台County schools are on a scheduled spring break this week. Hanna believes parents had already made plans for the traditional spring break week, giving the school district extra time to work out the logistics of a food distribution plan for the week of March 23.
The school district is coordinating the effort with the United Way and Second Harvest Food Bank. Hanna said Second Harvest has committed to providing up to 10,000 units of food during the break.
On Saturday, while Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried hosted a conference call with district administrators to encourage them to continue operating their food service programs during the shutdown, Leon schools tweeted to ask for donations and volunteers in its effort to provide meals during the break.
How to help
If you would like to donate or help the school district with food donations, please email Food@LeonSchools.net. The district is working directly alongside Second Harvest and the United Way to organize a coordinated plan for our community.
James Call is a member of the USA TODAY Florida Capital Bureau. He can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @CallTallahassee.
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