Monday, March 30, 2020, 08:00am - 11:00am
Free meals for students
I’ll start with some exciting news. We’re making great progress on our plans to provide free drive-thru and/or delivery meals to students starting Monday, March 23. See our FAQ for more information; we will share times, locations and other details as soon as we can. We are continuing to refine our protocols with community partners and agencies. We plan to provide lunch and breakfast Monday through Friday for as long as we are able.
For those familiar with the meals we have provided during snow days, this will look quite different. We’ve received some questions related to the timing of this service, with wonders why we couldn’t start providing meals sooner. The answer has everything to do with the additional warnings from Governor Jay Inslee and the growing concerns related to the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
We are acutely aware of the needs of our students and community, and we need to balance those needs with the new reality of safety concerns and responsibilities of social distancing. We want to provide food to students in the best way possible, meaning we don’t want to do something wrong while trying to do something right. Our food services team is going to great lengths to change their norms and processes to improve safety protocols, including working in shifts to prepare meals so that we don’t have too many people working in the Central Kitchen together at the same time. I’m proud of our food services team for their innovation, and this would not be possible without the support and generosity of Bellingham Public Schools Foundation. Please consider giving to BPSF if you are so inclined during this challenging time.
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