Special delivery; School lunch program presses on amid coronavirus

Posted at 1:59 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 18:59:41-04

LEXINGTON. KY. (LEX 18) — You could say the wheels on the bus are still going round and round as a vital resource continues to “deliver.”

“We just want to make sure any family can get a meal, whether it’s breakfast, or lunch,” said Northern Elementary School Resource Coordinator Carolyn Ford said.

At 10:30 each morning, since the COVOD-19 pandemic reached Kentucky leaving schools with no choice but to shut down, district employees have taken milk and food to neighborhoods where qualifying students can still take part in the school lunch program. The deliveries are made by bus at the various stops along a normal day’s route.

“It’s not just a job, it’s about caring for each other and doing for each other," said Deborah Jones, who normally works as a bus monitor but is now helping deliver the meals.

Jones was wearing a safety mask, which she sewed herself, to help alleviate the crisis the nation’s medical professionals are facing as safety masks are running in short supply.

Parents are eternally grateful that the free lunch service continues. Those parents aren't only for the meals being provided, but for the chance to get outside for a few minutes to break what’s become a monotonous routine.

“Lots of family game time, and fun times together. And inventing new way to cope,” said Molly Barber, a parent who lives along the route bus #1815 was taking this morning.

Fortunately they are not having to invent ways of feeding their kids during the day, thanks to the dedication of these district employees.

“It is very heart-touching to be able to see the kids, and to know that they’re doing okay,” said Ford.

When you’re an educator the wheels never stop churning, even if school isn’t in session.