Roanoke City Public Schools extends free meal service to the weekends

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — For the time being, parents whose kids attend Roanoke City Public Schools won’t have to worry about where their next meal will come from when their kids put away their books for the weekend.

Meals are now being provided seven days a week.

“USDA extended the opportunity to operate the summer food service program, and offer breakfast and lunch on Saturday’s and Sunday’s,” said Ellen Craddock, Roanoke City Public Schools’ Director of Food Service.

Pickups are at four locations — one of them at Patrick Henry High School — on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

William Fleming High School: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Patrick Henry High School: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Fallon Park Elementary School: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Round Hill Elementary School: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s pickup provides just two days’ worth of meals, but Thursday’s pickup covers five days.

“The families are so excited and very appreciative, as they’ve been coming through and finding out that they have extra meals to help get them through the weekend,” said Craddock.

“The reward has been to see the students and parents happy, that we’re able to still provide for their families with those meals even in the midst of a pandemic,” said Demarques Spillers, General Manager of SodexoMAGIC, Roanoke City Public Schools’ food distribution partner.

“It’s very rewarding to work with such an amazing team of people,” Craddock said.

Aside from two schools in the district, Roanoke City Public Schools are a part of what’s called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), a program run by the USDA designed to give free breakfast and lunch to impoverished areas.

Because of the pandemic, that eligibility requirement has been waived. Any student age 18 and younger who wants a free meal gets one.

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