Grab-and-Go meals planned for Jeffco students

Free breakfast and lunch program to continue during return to mandatory-remote learning

Bob Wooley
bwooley@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 11/17/20

As Jeffco public schools transition back to an all-remote learning model, Interim Superintendent Kristopher Schuh wants students and their families to know that food students currently receive …

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Grab-and-Go meals planned for Jeffco students

Free breakfast and lunch program to continue during return to mandatory-remote learning

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As Jeffco public schools transition back to an all-remote learning model, Interim Superintendent Kristopher Schuh wants students and their families to know that food students currently receive through the District’s breakfast and lunch programs will continue to be available as part of a grab-and-go model.

MORE: Meals still free for all students during full remote learning

On a recent Facebook Live event, Erika Edwards, Jeffco Food Nutrition Services Director of Operations, said the plan is to have distribution sites scattered across the district that will provide a mix of ready to eat meals and snacks, alongside meals that can be heated at home.

Chicken tenders and twisted breadsticks will be among the ‘heat at home’ options. Meals will come with heating instructions and will include fruit, vegetables and milk. According to Edwards, the menu options will reflect the winter season and thus vary a bit from what was offered during the March shutdown.

Edwards said that twice-a-week distribution is how families of at-home learners have been receiving food so far this school year, and that is likely to now extend to all students as the district goes all-remote. Families will receive three to four meals at a time to cover all seven days in the week. Social distancing and masking will be required at distribution sites.

Locations, times and other details will be posted on the District’s website when they are confirmed. Distribution sites are scheduled to open Nov. 30.

Susan Kimes-Demboski, Jeffco Schools’ Family Engagement Liaison Coordinator, Title I, leads a team of five liaisons that work across the district to identify students that are experiencing homelessness and food insecure youth. During the Facebook Live broadcast, Kimes-Demboski said the District has built partnerships, both within the district and community partners like Hunger Free Colorado, the Action Center, Coalition to End Hunger and various faith organizations, to help keep Jeffco youth fed beyond the bounds of the grab-and-go program.

“It isn’t just a Title 1 issue,” she said. “I want families to know we’re here for you.” Kimes-Demboski said her team has been working hard to build safe spaces for families to have conversations (with liaisons) around clothing, food and any other resources they might need. She considers her program a bridge of support between schools and the community.

 

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