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Schools Add New Ways For Students To Get Meals-Brevard NC

 

Last updated 3/25/2020 at 5:10pm

Staff prepare hundreds of meals daily in each participating cafeteria for grab-and-go service. Teams served 1,800 children's meals per day during the first week of Virtual Days. (Courtesy photo)

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Transylvania County Schools is adding new drive-thru or "grab-and-go" lunch with breakfast for the next day at select schools, starting today.

Bus routes will also expand to include select community centers and area churches, according to a press release from the school system.

Full routes and schedules are online at http://www.tcsnc.org/meals and on the district's coronavirus updates page at http://www.tcsnc.org/covid19.

These programs serve all children in the community, age 18 and under, regardless of enrollment status.

As of Monday, March 23, home deliveries of children's meals came to a stop.

Instead, bus routes are being dramatically expanded to improve safety while bringing service closer to families in every corner of the county.

New school pickup sites, open from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, include Brevard High, Brevard Middle, Rosman Middle and T.C. Henderson Elementary.

Complete schedule details are on the website.

Expanded bus routes (also Monday through Friday) include select community centers: Silversteen, Lake Toxaway, Balsam Grove, Sapphire, See Off Mountain, and Cedar Mountain. New stops also include Blantyre Baptist Church, Little River Baptist Church and Pisgah Forest Baptist Church.

Seven bus routes will be used going forward. All meals are "grab-and-go" to safeguard providers and families through approp-riate social distancing. Children need not be present.

As noted above, schedules are posted online at http://www.tcsnc.org/meals. The same data is housed on the district's mobile app for Android and iPhone.

"I am so moved by the effort and accomplishment of our people and the connection to our community," said school nutrition director Carolyn Barton. "I'm so pleased that, despite the fact that everyone is in the midst of this stressful new journey, our folks have not forgotten their mission to help our children."

Meals are provided for all children in the community age 18 and under, based on area eligibility for Transylvania County with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is an equal opportunity provider.

Barton said that the only way forward would be neighbor helping neighbor, helping people they know who are in need.

"I am as proud as I can be that our staff is part of that first wave of essential workers helping to pave the way for our community to thrive," she said.

Barton and Trans-portation director Alan Justice agree that the biggest benefit of new routes is that they are strategically located close to families who showed interest in receiving the free meals on weekdays.

"It's not feasible at this point to drive to every person's home," said Justice. "Nor is it safe for children to walk to a bus, then back home."

Huge thanks are due to community partners who made sites available, as well as those sending generous support for Backpack Buddies or offering donations to offset this outreach to families.

"I am so proud of our caring and professional School Nutrition team and my dedicated drivers," added Justice. "Over three days last week, we teamed up to serve nearly 5,500 meals via home delivery, school sites and bus routes. "It was more than we thought possible, and, clearly, we are meeting a community need."

Daily updates for families and the community regarding the coronavirus situation are available at http://www.tcsnc.org/covid19 and through the Transylvania County Schools smart-phone app. For questions about School Nutrition, call (828) 884-6173.

 
 

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