The Lafayette Parish School System has announced the extension of the Emergency Meals-To-You program through August.
LPSS says the decision to extend was because some families rely on meals provided by the school system as their main source of nutrition. The Emergency Meals-To-You Program was set to expire on June 30, 2020. The program has served over 10,000 students, according to the school system.
The Emergency Meals-To-You Program has been extended until August 15, 2020. Qualified families will continue to receive meals until the beginning of the school year.
LPSS says that Superintendent Trosclair directed staff see what could be done to continue to support families during this crisis.
“My mother was a cafeteria worker so I know the important service to children that school nutrition personnel provide. As an educator, I have first-hand knowledge of the importance of feeding our children healthy meals. Not only does it help our students, it helps our families have one less thing to worry about so that they can focus on other priories. Regardless if it is the summer, our children continue to need our support year round," Trosclair said.
Every two weeks, a box of 10 or more meals that meet nutritional requirements is sent directly to the student's residence. For families currently receiving meals, August 15, 2020, is the last date meals will be shipped, so deliveries will arrive and overlap with the new school year.
It is also possible for individual families to opt out of the program if they no longer wish to receive meals by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only three other schools systems were using the Meals-To-You program during the pandemic.
Acadia Parish School System says they are planning to be able to continue with the program through early August. They will have more on the decision next week.
St. Mary Parish will continue with the program through August 15.
Evangeline Parish as moved to a summer meal program going on until July 29. More information on that program can be found here.
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