Coronavirus: Feeding our kids in this uncertain time
How schools and local communities are helping families in South Carolina, North America
You don't have to look far to see the light of hope in this very dark time of uncertainty. All across the globe our lives are being turned upside down due to the Coronavirus. In an effort to slow the spread, our government leaders are closing schools, restaurants, malls and recommending we just stay in our homes. I call South Carolina home, and we have over 800,000 students and teachers affected by the school closings.
Our kids look to the schools for more than just a good education. In many cases they also receive breakfast and lunch. The service is offered at little or no cost to the family to ensure our kids have a healthy meal during the school day. In my state just a few days ago, our Governor Henry McMaster announced the closing of all South Carolina schools.
A community pulls together to help
This decision was heard loud and clear by the citizens of South Carolina. I immediately read multiple posts on Facebook from average people offering to feed kids in their neighborhood, restaurant owners inviting school kids to eat for free in their establishments, and retired teachers offering to help parents with the transition to home schooling. Our communities have been challenged and people are rising to the top.
I'm seeing our schools go the extra mile as well. Our local school district has implemented the Help 4 Kids program.
This is a local program offered at each school to supply a take home meal for our kids. Parents can just drive up without getting out of their car to receive meals for each child. The Help 4 Kids program didn't stop there. We are now loading meals on to the same school buses that would pick kids up in their local neighborhood, to become like a big yellow food truck.
We are making sure our next generation has a healthy meal each day. We are giving them the tools to not only to stay healthy, but to see how a great community can set aside differences and work together in times of uncertainty.
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 KJV