Grab-and-go lunches reach huge number of SC students
A curbside grab-and-go lunch program has been a bit overwhelming in the first few days . . . and that’s just fine with Kathy Eaton.
“All my ladies are enjoying it,” said the USD 466 food services director, referring to the food services staff who were busy greeting youngsters with huge smiles and handing out sack lunches on Tuesday morning.
Eaton says they had initially prepared lunches for 180 students on Monday, but had to quickly add to that as the vehicles kept filing by the Administration Building. After nearly two hours, the curbside service had provided lunches to 325 youngsters.
On Tuesday, Eaton and her staff had prepared for 400 students. They handed out lunches to 437. On Wednesday that climbed to 461.
The sack lunches include a cold sandwich, chips and fruits and vegetables. Submarine sandwiches were served twice this week, along with chicken fajitas, peanut butter (nut free) and jelly, and a wrap.
“Once everyone gets used to this and we can get a better count, we want to offer hot sandwiches - hamburgers and hot dogs,” says Eaton.
She’s hopeful that can begin in a couple of weeks.
Currently, three individuals are delivering about 90 lunches around town. Volunteers with the United Methodist Church will also be assisting with deliveries.
Unlike the summer lunch program, this is limited to students only.
Eaton says the curbside service will continue through the summer as well - or until schools are given the green light to once again offer meals inside their attendance centers.
10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each weekday
Lunches will not be available on April 10 or 13 due to Easter