OPELOUSAS, La. — The St. Landry Parish School System has announced that it will end its emergency meal program for students on Tuesday, March 31.
According to a release from SLPSS, as the number of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases is increasing, school officials have decided they must end the Emergency Meal Program at the close of the lunch mealtime on Tuesday, March 31.
Officials say the number of students they feed each day continues to rise as our resources continue to diminish. In the last two weeks, they have provided more than 28,000 meals to the students of SLPSS. Officials say this is indicative of the needs of its students in St. Landry Parish.
According to school officials, they are currently exploring other options to fill that need including Meals-to-You, Healthy School Food Collaborative, and Three O’ Clock Project.
The SLPSS has applied for the “Meals-to-You” Program, which is a program derived from a collaboration between Baylor University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If approved, free meals will be provided to our students for the duration of the COVID-19 school closure.
Another option officials say they are exploring is The Healthy School Food Collaborative, a meal management program that would also provide meals throughout the duration of the closure.
Additionally, they say they are seeking to partner with Three O’Clock Project during the transition period.
Officials state they will keep parents and students updated via social media and its website, www.slpsb.org, on their progress.