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Cincinnati Public Schools bringing meal kits for students to their neighborhoods

Written by Mamie M. Arndt

Since March, Cincinnati Public Schools has been providing families with pick up meals for their students during the pandemic. But, school officials noticed that some of the students and families didn’t have the accessibility to go and pick up those meals. So now, they’re bringing the meals to neighborhoods to make sure every child is fed.This tough time in our country is made worse for those who don’t know where their next meal is from.”It’s not getting no better out here the pandemic, the White House stuff going crazy and they aren’t giving stamps yet. So it’s hard out here for us,” said Tina Hill, a parent at Cincinnati Public Schools.Hill is a parent to a 13-year-old and 14-year-old at CPS.She came from just a few blocks away to pick up meals for her kids.”It helps them eat. They don’t have to worry about going to bed hungry no more. Yeah, we’re really grateful,” Hill said.These kits provide breakfast and lunch for seven days.The program itself isn’t new.CPS has been giving free meals to those who need them since the pandemic began, but they started to notice that some families couldn’t make it out to the schools.So they now have trucks going to different neighborhoods every Wednesday to hand out meals.”We still have all of our school-based sites that are operating. This is in addition to those. These tens stops that actually get out into the neighborhoods to reach those student populations that may not have transportation to our schools,” said Jessica Shelly, director of student dining service at CPS. Parents like Hill say when the truck is out they will be too.”I’m going to take real big advantage of it. I’ll make sure I’m gonna tell my whole building about it,” Hill said.CPS is going to be making these stops every Wednesday through the end of January.CPS says your child doesn’t have to be there with you to get the meal kits.

Since March, Cincinnati Public Schools has been providing families with pick up meals for their students during the pandemic. But, school officials noticed that some of the students and families didn’t have the accessibility to go and pick up those meals.

So now, they’re bringing the meals to neighborhoods to make sure every child is fed.

This tough time in our country is made worse for those who don’t know where their next meal is from.

“It’s not getting no better out here the pandemic, the White House stuff going crazy and they aren’t giving stamps yet. So it’s hard out here for us,” said Tina Hill, a parent at Cincinnati Public Schools.

Hill is a parent to a 13-year-old and 14-year-old at CPS.

She came from just a few blocks away to pick up meals for her kids.

“It helps them eat. They don’t have to worry about going to bed hungry no more. Yeah, we’re really grateful,” Hill said.

These kits provide breakfast and lunch for seven days.

The program itself isn’t new.

CPS has been giving free meals to those who need them since the pandemic began, but they started to notice that some families couldn’t make it out to the schools.

So they now have trucks going to different neighborhoods every Wednesday to hand out meals.

“We still have all of our school-based sites that are operating. This is in addition to those. These tens stops that actually get out into the neighborhoods to reach those student populations that may not have transportation to our schools,” said Jessica Shelly, director of student dining service at CPS.

Parents like Hill say when the truck is out they will be too.

“I’m going to take real big advantage of it. I’ll make sure I’m gonna tell my whole building about it,” Hill said.

CPS is going to be making these stops every Wednesday through the end of January.

CPS says your child doesn’t have to be there with you to get the meal kits.

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Mamie M. Arndt