When the closure was first enacted, HCPS distributed daily meals to any child 18 years of age or younger, which included breakfast, lunch and milks. After Spring Break, the district transitioned to weekly meal pickups, providing seven breakfasts and seven lunches, along with milks. Every Monday through the month of June, HCPS will continue to provide a week’s worth of meals – seven breakfasts and seven lunches with milks – to any child 18 years of age or younger, just as it did through the month of May. Unfortunately, HCPS will not be able to deliver meals this month and there cannot be a meal pickup location at Eastern Elementary School as it will be undergoing extensive renovation. Pickup locations will be Campbellsburg Elementary School, New Castle Elementary School and Henry County High School each Monday from 10am to noon.
Fugate pointed out that although the district will be making those slight changes as it transitions into a summer feeding program, families can expect similar food items in their weekly meal packages.
“It is important that families continue to participate so the department can continue to offer the program. If participation decreases to a certain level, there is a possibility that meal service will not continue through June,” Fugate added.
The summer meals program will benefit from a recently received grant in the amount of $1,500 from The Dairy Alliance. The grant will be used to purchase coolers for the district.
“The coolers will be used to ensure milk and/or other cold items are held at the appropriate temperature,” Fugate said. “Providing healthy meals safely is our number one priority. The summer heat can test our limits on doing that. Using portable coolers allows us to serve food conveniently and in a safe manner.”
In his notification to Fugate that HCPS had received the grant, Alan Curtsinger, the manager of Youth Wellness at The Dairy Alliance, complimented the district on its dedication to serving meals to its students through the closure. Curtsinger said he followed the district’s Facebook page to see a weekly total of meals served.
“I wanted to thank you and your staff for serving so many meals…that’s incredible! So many Henry County students have benefitted from your hard work,” Curtsinger said. “Anyone needing a pick-me-up just needs to look at your page to see all of the wonderful work going on here.”
Fugate said she appreciated the compliment, but had to divert credit to everyone who supported the program. Along with Nutrition Services staff, bus drivers, bus monitors, instructional assistants, teachers, school secretaries, custodians, principals and administrative and support staff from throughout the district, all chipped in to pack and distribute meals.
“On behalf of the Henry County Public Schools Nutrition Department, we would like to thank everyone for their support during this time,” Fugate said. “But we would especially like to thank our families for allowing us to serve you in this way. Feeding kids is what we do. The Coronavirus made it a little more challenging for us to continue doing that, but together, we found a way to make it happen.”