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Ottumwa Schools provide meals for all students over winter break

10 meals for face-to-face students and continuing meals for virtual learners ensure all...
10 meals for face-to-face students and continuing meals for virtual learners ensure all students are fed.(KYOU)
Published: Dec. 23, 2020 at 8:44 PM CST
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Sitting around a table over a big meal during the Christmas holidays may be an iconic image, but for low-income families who rely on schools feeding their children during the school year, it can be an extra level of stress. However, this year, Ottumwa schools have an option to help feed students during Christmas break.

Ottumwa schools are giving all face-to-face students 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and a half gallon of milk. Director of Food and Nutrition Services Yvonne Johnson says -

“We give them the food and it’s up to them to choose which meal to eat it for.”

It’s because of an extended summer food service program through the state, which provides free meals to students in low-income areas. It was extended because of COVID-19.

Yvonne says “we are able then to provide meals when students aren’t in school besides of when they are in school.”

29,000 meals were sent out the door on Monday, in addition to the school’s Bulldog Virtual Learning meals, which were picked up Tuesday. These meals are also for people in the community for kids who aren’t necessarily in school.

Yvonne says, “they can also utilize that drive through meal program and pick up meals for those students as well. Once we give it to them it’s theirs to do with what they want. We just want to give it to them and we know we’re making an impact with Ottumwa students and that was our goal.”

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