Meal Prep Woodgrove 1 - 3/16/20

Loudoun County School Nutrition Services workers help prepare meals at Woodgrove High School in Purcellville in mid-March.

As of June 25, Loudoun County Public Schools had served more than 1 million free meals since its countywide food distribution program began in March, according to school system officials.

When LCPS Superintendent Eric Williams first announced a temporary school closure period March 12, he stated the division’s intent to continue supporting students who rely on school meals due to food insecurity.

The LCPS Support Services Department began fulfilling that goal the next day by preparing 1,000 breakfasts and 1,500 lunches to be served at school buildings. The following Monday, March 16, the service expanded to deliver 6,400 meals to hundreds of stops around the county.

Per officials, the program has continued with the help of 90 to 95 LCPS School Nutrition Services workers each week, more than 350 bus drivers and attendants and dozens of other LCPS employees who have put their health at risk to serve students around Loudoun.

“Support Services is proud of all its employees as we continue to provide essential services during an unprecedented emergency,” LCPS Assistant Superintendent for Support Services Kevin Lewis said in a prepared statement.

“When others were avoiding contact with the public out of fear for their own safety, many School Nutrition Service administrative staff and workers chose to rise above their own fears and report to work daily to provide meals for the children of Loudoun County,” SNS Director Elizabeth Mills added.

Lewis further noted SNS workers and bus drivers have a “clean, safe environment” in which to serve the public thanks to members of custodial staff.

The million-meal milestone is hardly a stopping point, as LCPS, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service program, will continue to provide breakfast and lunch to all children 18 and under through August.

More information, including a list of the service’s 28 school walk-up sites and 245 bus stops, is available at lcpshealthycafe.org.

— Times-Mirror Staff

(16) comments

jke

Still no thank you from the ungrateful entitled brayers.

Voltaire

JKE--OK Ebeezer Scrooge. If you are expecting one, then you are in for a long wait. I am surprised that you aren't advocating for the reestablishment of debtor prisons.

amerigirl

For what? Loudoun has followed through and made a program work through the hard work of their employees. What have you done?

jke

Where if anywhere has someone thanked the taxpayer in say a letter to the editor for our largesse/

amerigirl

For what? You think you are supporting the county on you tax dollars? If you worry at about how tax dollars are spent then you should vote out trumpster.

Voltaire

AG--no, it is not that clean. Trump isn't the only villain on this stage. The Congressional Democrats, along with the Congressional Republicans have put forth, to date, at least four economic stimulus bills that have cost the taxpayers trillions of dollars of debt. They have also passed bailouts of industries that essentially promote bad fiscal discipline and saved companies that should have gone bankrupt because it would cost jobs/votes. Hadn't Government intervened, the Market would have properly disciplined those failing businesses by forcing them to go bankrupt. That is how the capitalistic system is supposed to work....

amerigirl

Volt, the stimulus bills are due to an emergency. The tax bill which created huge tax cuts for the rich is one of the largest problems on why we have increased the debt and have less taxes coming in. It was the republicans that added many of those perks for industries to the stimulus bill that the Dem’s in the house had made restrictions on. Examples; The restriction on stock buybacks and dividends, that all executive bonuses would be frozen, no “golden parachute” compensation be allowed for departing executives, and the corporation be blocked from doing “any Federal lobbying activities” for the duration of the loan. Boeing’s lobbying efforts seem to have paid off in the Senate’s version of the bill, which also added the $600 a week. If you remember it the House blocked it twice because it was prioritizing big business over the healthcare industry, states and local governments.

Voltaire

AG—OK, first, there is no clear consensus whether the Trump tax cuts are beneficial or not. There is economic data/analysis on both sides to support their respective positions. However, I do agree with you that the Federal debt was significantly increased. However, thanks to the Government’s inability to pass a budget, there was a waiver in one of the approved/signed continuing resolutions that blocked the Government’s ability to compensate for the additional debt through reduction of Government spending (Pay As You Go rule). There is also debate that corporations pay too much in taxes and thus are not competitive with the rest of the globe. That argument, like the debate on tax cuts, is subjective. The reason that Boeing got bailed out is due to national security reasons that makes sense as Boeing has a huge defense business and deals with the Department of Defense. As for bailouts, yes you are correct in the restrictions that the Government stipulated WRT the commercial passenger carrying airlines. However, those restrictions only go through September 2020. These loans have done nothing to change the behavior of these corporations. The loans further have not stopped the airlines from announcing that they are going to cut jobs. The required notification letters went out this AM. So, again the Government, through the bailouts, stopped the Market from doing what it needed which was to force these mismanaged companies go bankrupt. I understand that the Government, in both fiscal and monetary policy, had to take drastic measures to keep the nation’s economy somewhat operational during the pandemic. However, the “throw everything you got” approach that the Government (both Republican and Democrat) used, and are continuing to use, has long lasting consequences that this nation will have to deal with long after the instigators left Washington. How is this nation going to pay for the $24.75T in debt? Who is going to buy it? How are savers going to function when the interest rate is near zero? What about the prospect of inflation? Did any of these policymakers think about any of this? No, that is tragic. I think that the only grownup in Washington, is the Federal Reserve Chairperson who made bold decisions to keep the markets/economy working.

amerigirl

Volt, The tax bill gave a substantial tax cuts for higher income taxpayers and corporations, so for them it was quite beneficial. It was supposed t boost GPD growth, but only did that for a very short time. The government now estimates it will lose $600 billion more in tax revenues taking it to a total cost of $1.6 trillion. They never should have run the deficit when the economy was doing well. Economist were saying way back when it went through that at some point in the economic cycle a stimulus package would be needed since the economy can’t grow forever. According to ITEP 20% of earners saved twice as much as the remaining 80% combined and the top 1% paid $49, 950 less in taxes. The thing is that even though Congress holds the purse strings trump thinks he can take the money as he sees fit, like taking from the military for his wall. That has finally been ruled against him but how will the military get the money back? There wasn’t really a “throw everything you got” from the house, they tried to put restrictions but the senate pulled them out and added the $600 week to unemployment. They even tried to block it twice but the senate was stubborn and the people really needed the money so they held their noses and let it pass.

jke

They ain't free, the meals costs the taxpayer. Tell me how much has been spent to give "free meals" away. The person who called these meals free owes the taxpayers an apology.

lococpa

So not free. And how much is wasted?

amerigirl

These are kids that would go hungry without those meal. What kind of monster are you? The kids were already in the program for free and reduced lunches, they were supposed to get meals. You should apologize to humanity for your comments about hungry children, shame on you.

Voltaire

JKE--OK Ebeezer Scrooge, the meals program provided by Loudoun County is part of a national program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Federal Government provides Loudoun County with funding, through grants, for them to provide these meals. Given that the nation is $24.75T in debt, I don't believe that providing free meals to needy children will cause the U.S. to go bankrupt, do you? As a taxpayer, I don't have a problem with this program as it does have a tangible benefit which helping needy children get a hot meal. The Government spends a whole LOT more on wasteful activities with no tangible benefit but nobody complains about that do they?

amerigirl

So do golfing trips, Which is more important feeding hungry kids or trumpster hauling his fat butt around golf courses? Forbes says Trump's Golf Trips Could Cost Taxpayers Over $340 Million. The impeached president owes the american people an apology.

Voltaire

AG--good luck getting one out of Trump.

amerigirl

So right! “apologizing is a great thing but you have to be wrong”. Trump added “I will apologize sometime in the hopefully distant future if I’m ever wrong.”

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