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UPDATE: Meals for Acadia Parish kids

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Posted at 3:41 PM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 16:41:12-04

Acadia Parish Schools Superintendent Scott Richard has posted the following statement to update residents on meals for parish children.

Here's the full statement, from the school system's website:

The Acadia Parish School System, after re-assessing a number of variables associated with and not limited to the following: the availability of PPE (personal protective equipment), availability of staff and maintaining a safe working environment, reviewing USDA meal component requirements, etc. will provide a modified Grab-N-Go meal service on MONDAY, APRIL 6th at the original five food serving sites (Crowley Middle School, Armstrong Middle School, Church Point Elementary School, Iota High School and Estherwood Elementary School) between 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The goal is to provide multiple meals containing individually wrapped food items to children 18 years of age and under for the week. The modified meal service by the school system will allow the district to provide the service while limiting contact in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. State officials have approved our modified plan. We encourage drivers of vehicles to stay in the vehicle and assist us with receiving the meals at each site on MONDAY, APRIL 6th. We would also appreciate students being present to receive the meals. The meals will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. We thank everyone for their cooperation and patience in advance.

We are also working diligently to verify the various data sets required by the Acadia Parish School System, the Louisiana Department of Education and the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty so that we can move forward with the Emergency-Meals-To-You deliveries to residences. This process will take some time and we appreciate the level of cooperation and courteousness we've received from the families that have enrolled in the system. We will provide further information in the coming days regarding this program designed to supplement meals for our students during the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home-Order that has now been extended by Governor Edwards to Stop-the-Spread. Again, on behalf of the Acadia Parish School Board Members, we are so very appreciative of the small group of employees, especially our Child Nutrition Program staff, that are working tirelessly to take care of these tasks during the Stay-at-Home-Order. We are doing our best to balance the safety of all while working to provide the supplemental meal service to the best of our ability.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Scott Richard