ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Roanoke City Public Schools employees and community partners efforted a two-day 400 boxed Thanksgiving meal giveaway at Hurt Park Elementary School.
For four years, organizer Lashay Foreman, the Social Worker for the school has spearheaded the effort at Hurt Park for the nearly 400 students who make up her “Hurt Park family.”
Hurt Park is a Title I school, so for many students’ families, the effort is appreciated.
“Especially during the coronavirus pandemic food is a necessity, and so we wanted to make sure that almost all of our families received a meal for Thanksgiving,” Foreman explained.
Social workers, faculty, churches, and grocery stores banded together in the surrounding community to provide the dinners, which each serve four to six people, organizers predicted.
The effort to organize the even began in September, and volunteers began giving out boxed meals Monday, Nov. 23.
On Friday, Nov. 20, school district officials informed WFXR News the district’s food and nutrition team distributed 110,000 meals district-wide to students in need. The food gifted is expected to be more than enough to last the students two weeks, through the holiday break.
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