BUCKHANNON — In times of crisis, it’s important that the community comes together to show their support for each other. The schools in West Virginia, as well as other states nationwide and countries worldwide, closed in order to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Unfortunately, many kids heavily rely on school breakfasts and lunches to be fed, and without school, they may not get enough healthy food. Upshur Schools and volunteers quickly went to work with a solution to ensure students had meals on Monday morning.
Cooks and volunteers at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School prepared 300 breakfast and lunches, bus drivers stuck to their evening routes to deliver to drop-off stations, and tables were set up outside all schools to hand out food made for the kids. Guardians simply drive up to the table, tell volunteers how many meals they need, and they will be handed meals for students with no questions asked.
On Monday, lunch was reportedly more popular than breakfast, so Tuesday’s breakfast was handed out early along with Monday’s lunch for anyone who wanted to get the meal ahead of time.
“We are more than happy to help. We’re providing meals for all of our students and we’re happy to do this. Almost all of the staff is here volunteering, working, getting everything done, so it’s a real group effort. It’s been awesome,” said Principal Michael Lynch at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School.
The lunches will follow the school menu, available online at https://upshurschools.nutrislice.com/menu/. The breakfast pick-up times are 8 to 10 a.m. and lunch pick up times are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at each student’s respective school.
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has closed schools in effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 until at least Friday, March 27. He will then reevaluate how to plan the rest of the academic year. Until then, Upshur Schools assures that students will be fed and various alternative education delivery methods are in the works.