WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. — Students in the Derry Area School District are not going hungry thanks in part to lunches being delivered by school bus. District officials said they saw the need over the summer break and decided to expand the program.
“We were serving in the ballpark of 800 lunches a day,” said superintendent Eric Curry.
One by one, buses were loaded with boxes of packaged meals, milk and snacks for hundreds of families.
“We knew we could do better, reaching out to the community. As we’re seeing we had a lot of need out there so we’re going out to where people can’t get to us,” food director Gwen Kozar said.
The USDA program called “Seamless Summer” began once the pandemic hit.
“We only had I think four sites we were delivering to directly this past summer so now we’ve expanded it to several more sites that’ll make it more convenient for our families,” Kozar said.
The district expanded the program to nine stops and is regularly feeding about 500 families every day. School leaders said this is often the only meal some students get when they’re not in school. As long as students are learning remotely there are plans to continue the program. The district is eyeing a return to in-person instruction by Jan. 19.
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