WPS Emergency Food Program Recognized for ‘Going Extra Mile’
According to a “Chalkbeat” analysis of emergency food distribution programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, Westminster Public Schools is one of the few districts to find a way to deliver more meals to families during the ongoing crisis than during a typical school year.
The report, also published in the Denver Post, Why Colorado school districts are serving fewer meals during the COVID-19 closures concludes:
”Districts have been unable to approach pre-pandemic meal counts for a range of reasons, including confusion over the rules, lack of transportation, and narrow pickup windows that don’t meet the needs of harried parents.”
The report adds, “The districts that have bucked this trend, like Westminster Public Schools, have done so by leveraging strong community networks and ramping up delivery options.”
According to the report, which included several pictures from WPS distributions sites, the district is providing 125% the number of meals it did when schools were in session. Surrounding districts like Denver, Jefferson County, Aurora and Adams 12 Five Stars Schools were well below normal levels.