By Rodney Robinson Jr.
PRINCE GEORGE, Va — In wake of school closures in March, which was ordered by Gov. Northam in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Prince George County Public Schools started summer feeding program to help families.
Prince George County Public Schools started its feeding program on March 17, following Northam’s March 13 executive order to close all schools in the Commonwealth for at least two weeks. The summer feeding program was funded through Prince George County’s allocation of Federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act.
Starting March 17 through June 11, PGCPS began providing meals three days throughout the week. During this span, PGCPS provided a total of 10,000 meals per week. Beginning the week of June 15, PGCPS adjusted the feeding program to once per week, only distributing on Wednesday.
For distribution, families and students participate in curbside pickup from both Prince George High School and N.B. Clements Junior High School. Also, Transportation and Food and Nutritional Service departments partnered to help deliver meals to families in Bexley Mobile Home Park, Oak Shades Mobile Home Park, Country Aire Mobile Home Park, Manning Mobile Home Park and Pine Ridge Mobile Home Park.
In total, over 6,700 meals were provided to families during scheduled distribution on July 1. Visit the school division’s website for more information and the distribution schedule.