On Wednesday, Loudoun County Public Schools served its one millionth meal since beginning the food distribution program that began when schools closed for the COVID-19 pandemic March 13.
Superintendent Eric Williams said the program is an extension of the school district’s “whole child” philosophy.
“LCPS has demonstrated a community care approach during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Superintendent Dr. Eric Williams. “Community care includes caring for each and every community member, including those who face food insecurity.”
Administrators also praised the work of the participating staff members who work to provide safe, healthy meals while potentially risking their own health.
Meal service is provided at 28 school walk-up sites and 245 bus stops. School Nutrition Services has 90 to 95 of its workers providing meal service each week. They are supplemented by 45 custodians and 16 substitute teachers. On the transportation side, 355 drivers and bus attendants, 22 lead drivers, 10 bus driver instructors, six dispatchers and seven office staff take part in the meals program. The average daily miles for the bus fleet delivering food is 1,174.
The program is slated to continue through August, when classes are scheduled to resume I in some form.