Not all heroes wear capes; some wear aprons.
Behind the scenes of the Giles County School System’s emergency curbside meal delivery program is a group of nutritionists, administrators, bus drivers, support staff and volunteers that has made the program an undeniable success. The team was recognized by Giles County Director of Schools Vickie Beard on School Lunch Hero Day, May 1.
“During the current crisis, school cafeteria staff members have been busy ensuring that no child goes hungry,” Beard said. “Each week they prepare and distribute tons of free meals via curbside pickup!”
In total, the school system has prepared, packaged and distributed more than 70,000 meals and 9,000 fresh fruit and vegetable snacks. The meals have been available for pickup at Elkton, Pulaski, Richland and Minor Hill elementary schools since the system closed in March.
Shortly thereafter school buses began weekday delivery of the food thanks to bus drivers, Billy Mitchell, Cathy Wilcox, Felicia Howard, Johnny Butler, Diane Thompson, Sandy Fuller, Paul Price, Donnie Malone, Steve Nave, Betty Nave, Ken Walker, Kelly Wells, Jennifer Noller, Teresa Mosley, Lori Anthony, Theresa Busby and Kelli Hood.
Volunteers, Erica Coleman and Teresa Burns, also received thanks from the school board for their service.
The meal program will continue through May 22.