Grayson County Schools serves over 100,000 meals to students during pandemic

The final number is in and it’s a doozy.

Since March 16, the beginning of the Grayson County Schools student meal delivery program, until May 15, the final day of the service, the district served 103,355 meals to students 18-years-old and younger, according to the district’s Food Service Director Kristy Hodges.

Over the course of the nine-week program, the district served an average of 14,481 meals per week, or 2,296 meals per day.

The responsibility of feeding multiple scores of children in Grayson County since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forced the closure of schools in Kentucky fell on the shoulders of Hodges, and the district’s cooks, drivers, and servers. And they, without question, toiled terribly hard to make the program an overwhelming success as the committed district employees kept food in the stomachs of children.

“THANK YOU to our amazing School Lunch Heroes,” the district said in praising workers. “From the cafeteria, and now to the open road, they keep bringing nutrition, care and always, that familiar smile and connection with students every day! We also salute our bus drivers as this year’s honorary Heroes. What a great team.”

The district distributed the meals (breakfast and lunch) at over 25 locations around Grayson County five days per week, except for Spring Break, when the district served meals two days, giving children three days’ worth of food at each delivery.

By Ken Howlett, News Director

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