The food and nutrition service workers of Greenville County Schools have provided more than 1 million meals to area children during the COVID-19 pandemic, the district announced on Friday, May 15.
“This 1 million meal mark is extraordinary, especially when you consider that this whole thing hit us unexpectedly. We did 1,200 meals the first day and 10,000 meals by the end of the week. Now we’re doing 25,000 meals per day,” said Joe Urban, director of food and nutrition services for Greenville County Schools, in a release.
“At the time when people were asked to retreat to the safety of their homes, these employees came out to meet the needs of their community,” Urban added.
Besides the food service workers, bus drivers helped deliver the prepared food to students across Greenville County. School nurses also volunteered at feeding sites in order to take temperatures and check people’s health.
Since the state shut down schools on March 16, 1,001,989 meals have been served.
Greenville County Schools has provided two meals at one time —lunch and the next day’s breakfast — to everyone 18 years old and younger and 21 years old and younger for those with special needs. Adults can also pick up meals for children as long as they can show proof of the child’s identity. Meals can be picked up at sites across the Upstate. You can find a map of those sites here.