The Acadia Parish School Board and the Calcasieu Parish School Board are asking for parents' input regarding the school systems supplying student meals during the coronavirus pandemic.
APSB and CPSB are both working to partner with the Louisiana Department of Education and the Baylor University Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty for the Emergency-Meals-To-You program.
The program would provide "shelf-stable, easily prepared meals" to students directly at their residences via UPS. The initiative would be led by the Department of Education with the school boards providing any necessary assistance.
Both school boards are awaiting the programs' approval.
In the meantime, administrators with both school boards are asking parents to send an email to their respective lunch programs with information such as address, consent to receive meal delivery, and how many students are in the residence.
The state has not indicated when the deliveries would potentially start or any other information required.
Acadia Parish announced on Sunday, March 22, they would be stopping grab-and-go meals. The next day, Calcasieu Parish announced they were closing their sites as well.
CPSB has since announced they are resuming supplying meals to students, but meals are now available for pickup just once a week - parents and students will receive five breakfast and five lunch meals at pickup.
For more information on Acadia Parish meals, click here.
For more information on Calcasieu Parish meals, click here.