Stepping Up To Feed Kids

Ohio County school officials’ decision to stop handling at-school pickups of meals for children cannot be permitted to affect the youngsters adversely. We are confident that too many compassionate men and women live in our communities for that to happen.

Since public schools throughout West Virginia were closed earlier this month, most school districts have made arrangements to continue preparing meals and to get them to children. That is important because many families rely on school breakfasts and lunches to ensure their children get nutritional meals.

In Ohio County, the system had involved food being prepared in school kitchens and distributed daily at schools. That has been suspended, school Superintendent Kimberly Miller said Monday.

School system cooks will continue to prepare food, but school employees will not be distributing it, Miller added. “We don’t want our employees to be compromised,” she explained.

Miller said the school system will work with local entities, providing them with food to be provided for children.

An idea of the need can be gained by numbers Miller revealed. Since the school shutdown, more than 22,000 meals have been provided. On Monday alone, 7,000 — enough to last families three to five days — were handed out.

During normal times, many families depend on the school system to provide meals for children. These are not normal times. Many parents and other caregivers have been laid off from their jobs. Money is tight.

Again, we feel certain some means of getting meals to the children will be devised.

We also encourage the school system to continue allowing food to be distributed at the schools, perhaps outside, by people other than school employees. Parents have become accustomed to picking meals up there.

Whatever it takes to ensure that no child goes hungry as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak needs to be done.


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