SCCPSS prepares plan to deliver student lunches at 400 bus stops

SCCPSS prepares plan to deliver student lunches at 400 bus stops
SCCPSS makes changes to how students can get free meals while out of school for the COVID-19 outbreak. (Source: WTOC)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Savannah-Chatham County School System students will get their lunch differently starting Thursday. The district is changing how they provide meals to their students while school’s out due to the coronavirus.

For the past three days Savannah-Chatham students have been able to come and pick up their own meals at distribution sites across the area, but starting Thursday their meals will be delivered by school bus to more than 400 stops.

“We have the routes available, we have the buses, and we have drivers,” said Vanessa Miller-Kaigler, SCCPSS deputy superintendent.

Buses hit the road to test the locations this afternoon, they have all of the stops them posted on their website. School leaders say they got feedback their food distribution sites at the 12 schools were challenging for some to get to so they developed a delivery system with their current bus routes.

“We want to be able to make sure that our students are still receiving a nutritional meal while we are closed, while we’re down and that’s our commitment to our families that we will continue to serve our students,” said Miller-Kaigler. “Our schools sites did not meet all of those needs so we’re going to go into the community to make sure that we meet those needs.”

You’ll want to be alert driving Thursday as buses will deliver from 10 a.m. until noon. Buses will not be out on Friday, so they will deliver breakfast and lunch for two days, equaling thousands of meals for their students. School leaders have met daily to work out this plan, but also to discuss how to proceed in the future.

It all begins bright and early. Packing 30,000 meals for Savannah-Chatham students. “It's been a challenge, but it's been exciting at the same time."

Once packed, school staff start loading the buses and then loading the next one. Thirty-four buses packed with breakfast and lunch for students and ready for delivery.

With so much planning, school staff say seeing kids get these free meals is what matters most.

"That’s what makes it worth the while like I said we have breakfast and lunch in there so we’re not just providing a lunch we’re providing a breakfast because we realize that the times are hard right now especially with finances for some of the parents and when we’re here to do this for them it makes us feel real good about what we’re doing,” SCCPSS Cafeteria Manager Sylvia Evans said.

Leaders say safety is their top priority and if anything changes they will notify families.

If you have questions or concerns about the free meal delivery you can contact the district’s transportation line at 912-395-5591.

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