Nutrition Assistance Available for Rural School Districts
McLane Global, a leading food and logistics company, is calling on rural school districts to sign up for home delivery of free meals through the Emergency Meals-To-You Partnership. Melissa Hunter, Director of Marketing for McLane Global, says the program seeks to ensure children don’t go hungry during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Emergency Meals-To-You program is a unique a public-private partnership between USDA, Baylor Collaborative on Hunger, McLane Global, PepsiCo and other partners that ensures we deliver more than a million meals per week to students in rural America.”
Hunter explains how the program works.
“The Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty works with school district superintendents, educators across the country, to enroll the school districts in the Meals-To-You-Program. Once a school district is enrolled, then parents and students can make sure that each child in the household is signed up to receive a meal kit that includes two-weeks’ worth of shelf-stable food delivered directly to their door.”
Meal kits include two weeks’ worth of nutritious shelf-stable foods such as milk, cereal bowls, snacks, entrees, fruit cups and juices for one student, food items Hunter says rural children need.
“We know that children who live in rural areas across the county encounter distinct challenges. For example, it may be difficult for parents to reach a central location to pick up meals that are provided by school districts. So, these students really are in need of the meal delivery service to help ensure that they receive nutritious food that they would normally get through the school district if it were open.”
The program starts with schools getting enrolled to receive the Meals-To-You program.
So, it’s really important for educators, school superintendents, school nutrition teams, to go to MealsToYou.org to review the information and to start the process to enroll their school district. The whole team at McLane Global and at the Baylor Collaborative understand that there is a lot of need at this time. And, we are working 24/7 to pack as many of these meal kits as possible and work with our partners to deliver them to students as quickly as we can.”