GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — While students in the Grand Rapids Public School District will start their year at home with remote learning, there are still many kids who won’t have food to eat during their school day.
It’s why the district is offering meal sites to help those who need it.
GRPS has been doing food distribution since the pandemic started, but as the school year approaches, they’ll increase their grab and go locations from 4 to 16.
Jennifer Lanninga, GRPS Nutrition Services Supervisor, said times have certainly changed for she and her nutrition services staff at Grand Rapids Public Schools.
“Up until the pandemic. we’d always just served strictly in our cafeteria,” Lanninga said. “During the summer months, there’s been a lot of different food distribution programs running however, most of them will be ending in the next week to two weeks, so we want to make sure that we hit all areas so that families have access to healthy breakfast and lunch.”
GRPS currently offers four meal distribution sites for students since COVID-19 began, but with the school year just around the corner, the district will add 12 more locations.
“We wanted to increase, all of our sites, so that we could have our snap back, and that we are able to focus on the needs of all members of the community.”
All students at GRPS will have the opportunity to pick up the grab and go meals, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12-1:30 p.m.
“Each bag will contain to breakfast breakfast, always in a juice, a milk, a cereal or cereal bar in the fruit item, and then lunch we always serve all the components of a meal we’ve got milk, a whole grain bread. proteins such as a turkey cheese sandwich fruits and vegetables.”
While Jennifer is more than willing to provide the grab and go meals to those who need them; which will be at least the first nine weeks of the school year for remote learning, she can’t wait to get back in the lunch room.
“We are looking forward to being able to serve our students in person again and going back to the hot menu that the kids really enjoy.”
Students will be remote learning for the first nine weeks of the year and the grab and go meal sites are listed on your screen.
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