May 18, 2020 – CCPS’s commitment to ensuring children continue to receive meals during the school closure hit a new milestone last Thursday when Food Services handed out its 100,000th meal.
“When schools closed, our first concern, and the concern in our community, was for our students who are food insecure,” said Dr. Patty Saelens, Superintendent of Schools. “It was amazing to see Supervisor of Food Services Beth Brewster and her team swing into action without missing a beat, and they haven’t stopped since.”
With just a few days notice from the Maryland State Department of Education, the school closure began on March 16th. By Tuesday, March 17th, meal pickup sites were in operation from one end of the county to the other, providing students breakfast and lunch Monday through Thursday. Backpacks have also distributed on Thursdays to cover weekend meals. Within a few weeks, dinners were added to the distribution.
Beth Brewster stated, “Under the leadership of Samantha Figueroa and David Murray, the food services teams, volunteers, and community partners have treated this like a mission and viewed it as a labor of love. It’s a success story because of the commitment of CCPS and the whole community to ensure our children are fed.”
Beth expressed her thanks to community partners, including the Caroline County YMCA, Caroline County Recreation and Parks, Maryland Rural Development Corporation, Food for Learning, Caroline’s Helping Hands, Caroline Human Services Council, Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Choptank Electric, Tri-Gas & Oil, Choptank Transport, the Caroline Foundation, Preston Ford, the churches, businesses, and towns acting as pick-up sites, and the dozens of volunteers that have been integral to the operation.
A complete list of meal pickup sites can be found on the CCPS website.