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Feeding the future

Garrett Short
Created: March 30, 2020 05:36 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The St. Charles school district is making sure their students don't miss any meals while COVID-19 shuts down school.

Schools all across the country are stepping in to ensure that students don't go hungry while classes are pushed online. St. Charles Public Schools superintendent Jeff Apse says in times like this, it's amazing how many people are willing to help.

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"You're seeing the best out of human beings right now and it's pretty cool," Apse said.

The food service staff as well as teachers have helped put meals together for students while the hallways are empty. The number of meals has increased daily, with 1,040 meals put together on Monday. The numbers are impressive, with each one making a world of difference.

"I think it's huge. It takes a burden off of families and if we're not able to do that then you're going to have kids that are going to miss out and are going to go hungry," Apse said.

St. Charles is going the extra mile to make sure that everyone gets what they need during the pandemic. They've even started delivering meals.

"We've also found, just because of how spread out our school district is, that it's helped to mobilize our staff and we've got a number of delivery routes. Even though there's a stay-at-home order, you still have families that have to go to work. And it isn't very convenient to expect their children, depending on where they live, to come in and pick up the meals themselves," Apse said.

In the midst of chaos, St. Charles is hoping to give sudents and their families a sense of stability.


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