WPS Provided More than 800,000 Meals During Pandemic
Thousands of families who struggled to put food on the table during the COVID-19 pandemic turned to the Westminster Public Schools for help and the Nutrition Services Department responded by providing more than 800,000 meals to local families.
From March 16 to May 22 when the district moved to remote learning, meaning students were no longer at their schools to eat breakfast and lunch, the district provided 461,492 meals at 17 sites.
Bus drivers even went into neighborhoods to distribute food to families who could not get to their home school for meals.
During the summer months, the district provided another 345,204 to families from pickup sites across the district.
“I want to thank our community partners including Adams County and the City of Westminster for their support,” said David Maki, Director of Nutrition Services. “Special thanks to our heroic front line workers who provided meals during snowstorms, downpours, and searing heat. Many gave up their summer vacations for this important work.”
Superintendent Dr. Pamela Swanson said the numbers tell an important story.
“The numbers are a reminder of how connected our families are to their schools,” she said. “We were thrilled that we were able to step up and support our families during a time when people were facing so many financial hardships.”
The USDA has announced new guidance allowing WPS to continue emergency meal distribution from September 15 through December 2020.
WPS will be distributing emergency meals to all local families Monday through Friday at the following schools: