Re-running this post, which first appeared in March 2020, because COVID-19 lockdowns are still A Thing, and many of these programs have transitioned to a reduced summer schedule. For too many kids, programs such as these are their only reliable source of food when school is closed.
Find out which organizations are handling the grab-and-go lunch program at your local public schools, and give them money.
The spread of Covid-19 is pitilessly exposing all the frayed links in our social safety net. One obstacle to shutting down public school systems is the fact that for a significant minority of children, their only reliable source of meals is their school cafeteria.
Grab-and-go lunch programs have sparked into being to serve this need by opening the school daily only to those who need meals.
We’re asking you to call around, find out which organizations are responsible for running the grab-and-go programs, and donate to their efforts.
If you have a kid in school, try emailing the school’s administrative office or asking about it on your school’s Facebook page.
Alternately, you could try calling your local school department, or your local food bank. They’ll probably know the answer or know who else you can check with.
Another thing to think about for the near future is supporting school-based feeding programs during the summer. We wrote about this before, and deadlines for food donations and for offering a specific venue as a feeding site start arriving this month and next.
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