Grand Rapids Public Schools continues to distribute food to families amidst COVID-19 spread
“Friends, we are here live again at Sibley Elementary School with our amazing volunteers and staff from GRPS. Good morning you guys, how are you guys doing?”
That’s Javier Cervantes from Grand Rapids Public Schools at one of the six food distribution sites organized by the district to help feed local students and their families. He’s wearing gloves as he greets and hands several brown paper bags full of food to the families driving up.
“So, you just drive on up, you get some lunch and grab it and go.”
Up until this week food was being distributed every day at eight sites, but since the stay at home order has been implemented the food is only being distributed at six sites, three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:30-12:30pm.
“So, we know a lot of our students eat breakfast, and lunch in our buildings and we want to make sure we still provide that service to our families and the broader community.”
During every distribution day, thousands of meals are handed out to families in the community. Cervantes says the work will not stop until kids go back to school, but to do this the district needs volunteers to help.
"We are going to try to fill as many of those needs as possible.”