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