In the state of Louisiana, nearly 70% of children enrolled in the public school system qualify for free and reduced lunch. That's a number Missy Andrade, CEO and President of the Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana, says is concerning as many schools try and come up with a game plan this abnormal school season.
“I think during covid we really learned a lot and it was information that was always there. Families really do rely on school as a source in many cases for breakfast and lunch.” said Andrade.
Whether in person or virtual, providing students lunch has been another obstacle for Acadiana School Districts.
"It has been a challenge. We want to open schools we want to open them safely.” exclaimed Jennifer Joseph, Assistant Superintendent of Administration for the Ibera Parish School Board.
But, for Iberia Parish students, parents can rest assured a plan is in place to provide meals for children learning virtually.
"In Iberia Parish, we are going to have curbside meal pickups for all students who will be attending virtually." siad Joseph, "That also includes kids in middle and highschool who are doing the hybrid learning method.”
Jennifer Joseph is the Assistant Superintendent of Administration for the Iberia Parish School Board, and since school closed due to the pandemic back in March, staff began preparing for any option.
“We knew that we wanted to provide meals for all of our students. Cause our virtual students are sill our students and we wanted to make sure they had that option.” explained Joseph.
In order to pick up a grab and go meal, parents of Iberia Parish students must provide their childs student ID, or a demographic form stating thier child attends school in the parish.
"We are also allowing parents to pick one site to pick up all their childrens meals.” said Joseph.
A flexible plan for parents as everyone navigates a new normal for a the school year.
"We want it to be as normal as possible and if we can’t provide an in person meal, we wanted those families to have a hot meal." expressed Joseph, "We know times are tough and there are financial challenges. That would be one less thing thatour parents would have to worry about.”
Pick up will be from 9:30AM to 10:45AM daily. For more information, click here.
Andrade mentioned every school district is coming up with a plan to provide meals for students, be sure to check with your school district for their plan.