For the second straight week, Alachua County Public Schoolls provided hundreds of thousands of meals to students according to a statement from the Public Information Office.
“Including the meals we provided to children for this weekend, Alachua County Public Schools gave out 155,522 meals this week from 76 sites across the county. Our Food and Nutrition Services staff continue to do a fantastic job of preparing and distributing the meals, with the help of bus drivers who are helping get those meals to those sites we have set up at bus stops in high needs neighborhoods.”
According to the statement, the ACPS food service staff trained more than 200 school paraprofessionals who volunteered to come in to help with distribution, because of the escalating counts.
Also on Thursday afternoon the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank put out a call for help in processing and distributing a huge influx of fresh produce that had come in. Alachua County Public Schools stepped in to help. Beginning early Friday morning, it picked up, sorted, bagged and then distributed about 1,200 bags of produce at some of the highest needs sites so families would have additional and healthy food for the week.
Last week, ACPS provided 133,222 meals for students.