Altavista librarian delivers food, class work to students during COVID-19 pandemic


CAMPBELL COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — One Altavista librarian is making sure students at her school are not going without basic needs, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tess Hoover loads her car with bags of food and delivers them to students from Altavista Combined School twice a week.

Tess Hoover takes food to about 30 students from Altavista Combined School.

Hoover takes breakfast and lunch to about 30 students’ homes because she says some of them rely on food they are given at school.

“We don’t ask questions. There’s no other agenda,” Hoover said. “I just want to make sure they get their breakfast and get their lunch. We do have food insecurity in Altavista.”

Hoover makes deliveries twice a week.

The deliveries go beyond food.

Hoover says there are several students who do not have access to the internet at home, which means they were not able to be consistently active in online learning since schools were closed.

Hoover decided to deliver classroom work packets so students would be able to stay up to speed with learning along with their classmates.

“It’s one of those things that makes you wake up at 3 in the morning worrying that people are hungry,” she said. “If I can do anything to help that, then I will.”

Hoover plans to do this through July.

Hoover says anyone under 18 years old who lives in Campbell County can pick up breakfast or lunch from Altavista Elementary School.

The meals are offered every Monday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hoover says the program will run through July 30.

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