Schools to continue to provide meals over Spring Break

March 31, 2020 /

The Kern County Superintendent of Schools and Kern County school districts announced Tuesday it will continue the “Grab and Go” meal service during Spring Break.

Meals will be provided Monday through Thursday the week of Spring Break, but there will be no meals on Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13. Normal meal services will resume on Tuesday, April 14.

“The number of children who have come to receive meals while our schools have been closed is clear evidence that we are meeting a critical need,” said Kern County Superintendent of Schools Mary Barlow. “This effort truly showcases the amazing resiliency of our school personnel to provide essential services to our students despite this unprecedented situation we are all in.”

KCSOS reported approximately 108,000 children were served two meals each day during the first week of school closures, totaling to more than 200,000 meals served a day.

KCSOS and Kern County school district do not normally serve meals during holiday breaks; however, this is a special circumstance.

“It goes to show there is a need in our community for meal services to continue,” said Robert Meszaros, the communications director for KCSOS.

Today alone, the Kern High School District served 18,824 students, according to KHSD spokeswoman Erin Briscoe-Clarke.

“We were prepared and ready to serve our students and children in our community,” Briscoe-Clarke said.

In a district with nearly 40,000 students, KHSD has served more than 300,000 meals since March 18.

“We can’t thank our food service people enough,” said Meszaros. “They have been phenomenal.”

Elizabeth Sanchez

Elizabeth Sanchez

Elizabeth Sanchez is the program associate for South Kern Sol. She can be reached at elizabeth@southkernsol.org.