U-46 Food and Nutrition Services Department to Recognize Distribution of 1 Million Meals
Staff rallies to provide food for children during COVID-19 pandemic
ELGIN - When school doors closed in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 160 School District U-46 employees raised their hands to support meal distribution at 26 sites. On Friday, many of those same dedicated team members will recognize the distribution of a million meals in just two months.
“We’re so proud and honored to help our families in this time of need,” said Elena Hildreth, Director of Food and Nutrition Services. “Our team has rallied and grown closer to each other and to our families even as we are physically apart.”
School administrators and food and nutrition workers will pause to make a little noise - clanging lids, ringing bells and banging drums - to recognize the million meal mark at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the onset of meal distribution.
These employees have seen firsthand the financial impact of the pandemic. On the first day, March 17, more than 12,000 meals were distributed, a number that has since quadrupled, leading to Friday’s predicted tally.
U-46’s program provides a free breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack, packaged to take home, to all children 18 and under three days a week. No paperwork is required.
U-46 food service workers observe social distancing and safety protocols, washing hands frequently, using hand sanitizer, wearing masks, gloves and standing six feet apart as they work the assembly line each Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning before starting food distribution at 10:30 a.m. On Mondays and Wednesdays, team members bag double the amount of food to last two days. Once school dismisses for the summer, U-46 plans to distribute breakfast and lunch at 14 sites until at least July 1, 2020.
WHO: U-46 employees at 26 sites across the District’s 11 communities.
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 15
WHAT: Recognition of the million meal mark.
School District U-46 serves families in 11 communities: Bartlett, Elgin, Hanover Park, South Elgin, Streamwood and Wayne, as well as portions of Carol Stream, Hoffman Estates, St. Charles, Schaumburg, and West Chicago. In total, the District encompasses 90 square miles within the Fox River Valley, approximately 45 minutes west of downtown Chicago, and includes communities within Cook, DuPage and Kane counties. More than 38,000 pre-K through twelfth graders attend the 57 District schools and programs. To learn more, Visit the U-46 website, or like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.