More Than 9,300 Meals Per Week Given Out to Students During Closure
During the extended school closure that began in mid-March and will last through the end of the academic year, the Whitesboro Central School District has been making every effort to ensure that students continue to receive breakfast and lunch meals not only for weekdays, but weekends as well.
The District currently offers three pickup days in two different locations, and home deliveries are also being made for those who are unable to make it to the pickup sites. Meals can be picked up every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Whitesboro High School and Parkway.
Going into the eighth week of the closure at the beginning of May, the District was averaging more than 9,300 student meals being given out per week, for a combined total of more than 65,000 meals so far.
Breakfast and lunch meals consist of a variety of options that are rotated weekly to offer a balanced diet that incorporates fresh produce, much like the District’s traditional food program offers throughout the school year. The Food Service team has also been working with families whose children have dietary restrictions, such as allergies, to ensure that they are offered healthy meals that are safe for them to eat as well.
The daily meal selections include a variety of nutritious options that allow for students and their siblings to maintain and promote continued growth, health and overall wellbeing during these times of uncertainty. The District’s Food Service program will also continue to support local farmers and vendors, helping to keep local sustainability strong and united during this pandemic.
“I would like to take this opportunity to let the parents, guardians and school community know that the Food Service Department has been focused and dedicated each day to provide this essential service to all our students and their siblings within our District,” said Angela Aguiar, director of the District’s Food Service Program. “The Food Service staff in collaboration with the transportation and maintenance/custodial departments have stepped up when called upon to come together to provide our assistance in this time of need.”
Thank you to the Food Service team for all of your hard work each and every day to provide healthy, balanced meals to Whitesboro Central Student District students!