Holyoke Public Schools Receive $10,000 to Expand Healthy Meal Service to Children During School Closures

Holyoke Public Schools Receive $10,000 to Expand Healthy Meal Service to Children During School Closures

Holyoke Public Schools Receive $10,000 to Expand Healthy Meal Service to Children During School Closures

Nutritious Breakfast and Lunch available free for all Holyoke children

 

April 9, 2020 — To support families during school closures, Holyoke Public Schools (HPS) is providing Holyoke children with free, nutritious breakfast and lunch meals every day of the week as part of the USDA’s emergency COVID-19 response. The Eos Foundation awarded the district a $10,000 grant to support the continued distribution of meals to children.

 

“We want everyone to know that these healthy meals are available to every Holyoke child. In fact, parents/caregivers can pick up meals on children’s behalf to help ensure safe social distancing,” said Receiver/ Superintendent Stephen Zrike. “We are extremely grateful to the Eos Foundation for their generosity.  Home food supplies are running low and it’s important to try to keep people out of the supermarkets. This is a federally funded program, and the food is nutritious, so please come take your meals!”

 

HPS offers meals at the following six school sites in the district, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am to 12:30 pm: Morgan, Donahue, Holyoke High School North, Kelly, Lawrence, and Sullivan schools.

  • Holyoke children receive free bagged breakfast and bagged lunch. Children (or parents/guardians on behalf of children) can take both meals at once.
  • The meals include two breakfasts and two lunches on Monday and Wednesday for each student so they will be covered for breakfast and lunch Monday-Thursday.  
  • Please note that on Fridays students receive 4 extra meals, so they can enjoy breakfast and lunch on Saturdays and Sundays during the closure.  
  • Children do not need to be present for parents/guardians to pick up the meals.
  • All sites encourage safe social distancing and ask that individuals remain six feet apart.
  • Anyone who cannot make it out of their house to pick up a meal is encouraged to call Jose Bou (Equity, Family and Community Partnerships Manager) at 413-534-2000, ext. 1104 or jbou@hps.holyoke.ma.us. 

 

“We are proud to help support the great work of Tim Gray, the Holyoke School Nutrition Director, and his team,” said Andrea Silbert, President of the Eos Foundation. “They are front-lines heroes, ensuring distribution of nutritious meals for children at this unprecedented time.”

 

 

About the Eos Foundation

The Eos Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation committed to fighting hunger, poverty, and promoting education and gender/racial equity in Massachusetts.

 

CONTACT: Kemi Morrison, morrison@eosfoundation.org, 508-348-9748

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