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St. Mary Parish schools suspending 'grab and go' pickup meals

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Posted at 4:54 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 17:54:35-04

CENTERVILLE, La. — St. Mary Parish Schools will be suspending their "grab and go meals" after Gov. John Bel Edwards' Stay At Home Order goes into effect on Monday, March 23.

According to a release from the St. Mary Parish School Board, schools will be suspending the service in accordance with the order that goes into effect at 5 p.m. on Monday.

The board states that the district initiated the emergency feeding program on Monday and served a total of 741 meals at four school sites.

The board adds that while the school system is fully committed to parish students, the safety of staff and employees must also be considered given the governor's order.

Meal distribution on Monday exceeded totals for the summer feeding program and was made possible through the efforts of the district's Child Nutrition Department, principals and district staff, the board reports.

The release also states that the ability of the school system to secure protective gear also played a role in the decision to suspend the program at this time.