Upshur County school serves 100,000 meals

Published: Jul. 28, 2020 at 10:19 PM EDT
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UPSHUR COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - As the back go school state is set for September 8, some are stepping up to feed those students who would normally be fed while at school.

Upshur county school system is bringing a new way to feed those children.

A lot of those students in upshur county depend on those meals and with the school year pushed back there’s a concern about where kids are going to get access to nutritional meals. The school system is doing something new to make sure that happens.

While school may not be in session just yet - upshur county will drive their way to families, by school buses.

Instead of sending kids off to school, these drivers are sending meals off to the students.

“We look forward to the service that we do, we’ve had bus runs that had 240 meals on it and today’s run has 155,” school bus driver Scott Preston said.

Upshur County Finance Director Jeff Perkins says when the height of the covid-19 outbreak was at it’s peak, that’s when Upshur County schools gave a lending hand.

“This program is sponsored by the Department of Agriculture and its with their funding and local support we’re able to do this and provide it to the citizens of upshur county,” Perkins said.

Each one of the boxes contain ten meals for a child in the course of a week.

Director of finance for upshur county schools says it takes a village for this program to be as successful as it is.

“We have a number of volunteers that ride along with our bus drivers as well a number of the youth from the school to come and help us, Perkins said.

Together, after today, the county has served over 100,000 meals to students and their families.

The school was able to extend the program until September.

“We’re very happy to be here, we have two more weeks of this before the grant runs out and I think they’re going to extend it depending on the school board’s decisions,” Preston said.

Families can stop by the tennerton elementary school warehouse to pick up the remainder of boxes wednesday.

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