Many people are struggling to make ends meet amid the COVID-19 pandemic. And in response, Orange County Public Schools has been able to help hundreds of families provide fresh, balanced meals while schools are closed through its Summer Meals program – which has doubled distribution compared to 2019. In fact, as of June, the program had distributed more than a million meals!
One of the distribution locations was Fairview Shores Library, where yesterday, families were able to take home boxes of juice, milk, watermelon, fruit cup, bagel and cream cheese, and a protein (as seen in photo). Every weekday, Orange County Public Schools serves about 23,000 students breakfast and lunch. On Thursdays, they serve students 8 meals (including meals for Thursday, Friday & the weekend).
“For every person at OCPS, the well-being and safety of our students is paramount,” says Lora Gilbert, Sr. Director, Food & Nutrition Services. “We’re committed to keeping kids healthy, not only by ensuring they can access fresh produce and nutritious meals throughout the summer, but also by doing our part to help curb the spread of COVID-19.”
Meals are prepared off-site and delivered to distribution locations to reduce contact between staff. Using drive-through lanes, students and parents can pick up multiple packaged meals to be reheated and enjoyed at home. For the month of June, more than 582,000 meals were served.
Distribution sites are open Monday through Thursday. On Thursday, students can also pick up the additional meals for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. To find a location near you, visit OCPS.
For children and teenagers who are not registered or eligible for OCPS Summer Meals, the Summer BreakSpot program provides free, balanced Grab-and-Go meals and snacks to anyone under the age of 18. Visit here to find a Summer BreakSpot near you.