The Iberia Parish School District announced on Thursday that it has partnered with the Healthy School Food Collaborative and the Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana for its students to continue receiving nutritious meals during this school closure.
According to IPSD, the Healthy School Food Collaborative is committed to providing healthy, sustainable meals to students, families and communities in order to improve the nutritional impact in education.
IPSD says the meals will be delivered directly to the students’ homes free of charge. The program provides shelf-stable meals that do not require any refrigeration. Once a week, a box will be delivered that contains breakfast and lunch meals for five days.
IPSD says that its partnership with the Boys and Girls Club will assist with providing a staging area for HSFC to package the boxes for delivery.
According to IPSD, any student enrolled in the Iberia Parish School District is eligible to participate in the program. Children between the ages of 1 and 18 years of age are eligible. However, at least one child per household must be enrolled in an Iberia Parish Public School.
To apply, parents and/or guardians must opt-in to participate in the free service by completing the online registration, which can done at www.IberiaSchools.org.
IPSD says that there will be an open enrollment period that ends every Thursday, and that anyone who has completed a form by Thursday will be placed on the following week’s delivery schedule.
For any questions or assistance with the application, parents can call The Healthy School Food Collaborative Helpline at (504) 322-1118 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. or email James Graham, Executive Director for Healthy School Food Collaborative, at firstname.lastname@example.org.