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Catskill schools extend the meal pickup program

Jul 01, 2021 5:30 am

Sam Raudins is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Catskill Central School District has announced it is extending its meal pickup program for students through July. Bill Muirhead, the district's food services and transportation director, said he began the meal pickup program for Catskill students in March 2020 when the schools shut down and students lost access to regular meals. In the beginning, the project served more than 200 kids two times a week with enough meals to last five days. Muirhead said based on the response to the program, he was able to extend it through July. Students who provide their name or lunch PIN number receive one hot meal, one sandwich and two breakfasts on Mondays. On Wednesdays they receive one hot meal, two sandwiches and three breakfasts. Each hot meal and sandwich comes with milk, a fruit and a vegetable and in all provides five days worth of meals. The program has 10 pick-up sites in the area at different times and locations. The transportation and delivery of the meals is paid for by the school, and funds for the for the program are provided by the Child Nutrition Management System within the New York state Education Department. The program could be extended again, through August if demand remains high enough, Muirhead said. He calls the reaction from the kids, “priceless.” “They’re loving it — the kids, they come up to the van and they’re happy,” Muirhead said. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.