30,000 Meals Distributed Weekly By Alexandria City Public Schools During Coronavirus

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9:30 a.m., five yellow school buses and two vans line up outside door 34 at T.C. Williams for meal deliveries to Alexandria children. Volunteer Robbie Schaefer joins a group organized in a human chain efficiently passing the food boxes down the hallway and into the school bus. In real life he says he is a performing musician and songwriter. In five minutes the school bus is loaded and replaced by the next.

William Roos, Marquetta Lynch, and Zufan Endrais, repurposed school bus drivers, wait outside T.C. Williams for their buses to be loaded with Grab N’ Go breakfasts and lunches for Alexandria school children

As per Alexandria Gazette Packet, “According to the ACPS meal report for the third week in June, the combined numbers for the Grab N’ Go breakfasts and lunches for Monday and Wednesday ranged from a total of 5,288 at Ramsay to a total of 896 at Jefferson-Houston and 1,524 at Cora Kelly with the total of 12,480 for all school sites. Grab N’ Go lunches and breakfasts for Monday and Wednesday for the pop-up sites ranged from 176 at Old Towne Apt. 1 to 1,208 at 4-Mile Drive and 1,344 at Community Lodgings 4 with a total for the two days of 5,556.”

According to the Alexandria Gazette Packet, “A lunch will include an entry such as pizza, a turkey croissant or chicken Caesar wrap plus two fruits/vegetables, milk and a whole grain component. Hormel says, “We are working on requests for kids who have allergies so we can, for instance, replace peanut butter with sun butter or a yogurt meal. In an extension of Backpack Buddies, which offers weekend meals for needy children during the school year, they have been able to add Saturday meals, and on June 19 a Sunday meal delivery was added to the food services offered to kids.”

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