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KALAMAZOO PUBLIC SCHOOLS: KPS Sets Up Emergency Food Services

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By Press release submission | Mar 22, 2020

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Kalamazoo Public Schools issued the following announcement on Mar. 13. 

Due to the larger than expected turnout today at our food distribution sites, many sites ran out of food packets. We based the quantities today on Monday’s turnout where we had a large amount of meal packets left over. Adjustments will be made for Friday’s distribution in an attempt to accomodate all children needing meals for the weekend. Our goal is to ensure that no child goes hungry while schools are closed. We appreciate our Food Service staff, drivers and volunteers who are working so diligently to distribute the food packets to our 24 sites simultaneously. 

On Friday, the week one instructional packets will again be available at the food distribution sites. These instructional packets and additional online learning resources may also be found on our website at kalamazoopublicschools.com  Look for the link to The Learning Hub. The instructional packets are not homework. They are simply resources for practice and review. Nothing will be collected nor will any grades or credit be given. March is National Reading Month so we encourage families to take advantage of the time together during this unexpected closure to read, read, read!

Kalamazoo Public Schools will set up an emergency food distribution system to provide breakfast and lunch for children within the district during the state-mandated school closure. 

On Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered the closure of all K-12 school buildings in Michigan in an attempt to slow the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Food will be distributed at 20 schools and four community sites from March 16 through April 3. Seven days worth of breakfasts and lunches will be distributed to students over three days each week in a “grab and go” format, where students will pick up food to eat at home.

Students will receive two days of meals on Mondays and Wednesdays, and three days of meals on Fridays. Food distribution points will be near a parked school bus at school sites and at a KPS food service van at other locations. 

The meals are free to all children 18 years of age and younger and to persons up to age 26, who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled that is recognized by a state or local public education agency. No application or proof of income is required.

KPS Teaching and Learning Services is creating education packets that can be distributed to students who visit the food sites. 

KPS was aware that the school closures were necessary to help protect the health of students, families, and staff in the district, but the district was also aware that many students rely on the district’s breakfast and lunch program for food each day. More than one-third of KPS children live in households below the federal poverty line, and approximatelly 70 percent of students are eligible for free- or reduced-price lunch. 

Food Distribution Sites and Times:

(Monday, Wednesday and Friday)

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at all Kalamazoo Public Schools school buildings except Greenwood, Indian Prairie and Winchell elementary schools, the Alternative Learning Program/ALP, and South Westnedge School. 

11:30 a.m.-Noon - Interfaith, 1037 Interfaith Blvd.

11:30 a.m.-Noon - Eastside Neighborhood Association, 1301 E. Main St. 

12:30-1 p.m. - Fox Ridge Apartments, 1320 Fox Ridge Dr.

12:30- 1 p.m. New Village Park, 2500 St. Albans Way

For more information, contact Chartwells/KPS Food Service: (269) 337-0458

Original source can be found here.

Source: Kalamazoo Public Schools 

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