SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– People are working together to make sure everyone has enough to eat during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Marshfield School District is handing out about 2,400 meals per day to students totaling 11,000 just in the first week.
Mike Henry, assistant superintendent of Marshfield Jr. High, says once Marshfield schools closed, the kitchen staff were asking how students would still get fed. After some planning, teachers and cooks were brought back in to hand out two meals per day to not only students but anyone under 18, and sometime next week, they will start providing the third meal.
“It’s been really rewarding for me to see as we have teachers and paras and bus drivers every day driving to five different locations in our school district to make sure that our students’ basic needs are met,” Henry said.
The school district is now offering pick up and delivery across 247 square miles.
The staff of the school says they’re happy to still be working, but they are even more grateful to provide for those that might go hungry otherwise.
“For a lot of these kids this is the only nutritious meal, let alone the only meal they get a day so Marshfield definitely stepped up in getting those meals out to those kids that really need it,” said Terry Bates, regional director for Opaa! Food Management. “We see the kids coming up and the parents crying saying thank you, we really need it we don’t have anything at home for my kids so it’s been really eye-opening.”
The school is also handing out weekly education on top of online school work to keep students engaged.
Delivery and pick up times will go from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday while school is canceled until April 24.