From Staff Reports
Share Our Strength’s “No Kid Hungry” Campaign recently awarded a grant of $30,000.00 to the Thomasville City Schools District.
The purpose of this grant is to support the school system’s critical work to end childhood hunger. The grant is generously funded by Cheerios.
The grant will help fund a vehicle for the school system’s Child Nutrition Program (CNP) to help transport meals from Thomasville High School to Thomasville Middle School. “Meals are currently transported on foot in wagons,” said Emily Thornton, CNP director, in her grant proposal. “Approximately 200 breakfast and lunch meals are served at the middle school site.”
The transport vehicle will “help ensure food safety of meals transported between the prep kitchen and as a means to expand our delivery options to students during unanticipated school closures.”
“During the COVID-19 spring closure we operated a drive through pick up and walk up service.” The spring drive-through and walk up service was provided for 11 days total and served approximately 296 students, she said.
“Our schools are located adjacent to three low to middle income apartment complexes. The potential to reach more low income children is there. We just do not have the transport on to do so.”
In addition, once the commitment to the school district’s students is met, the CNP would like to help the local Boys and Girls Club. “Through the partnership with the Boys and Girls Club, we feed approximately 22 breakfast and lunch meals-per-day,” Thornton said. “The meals are currently being picked up by the club staff member because we don’t have adequate transportation to deliver the meals.”
Also, “the possession of a delivery vehicle increases the potential for the school system to eventually operate a summer feeding program that would target low income apartment households.”
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