Bossier Schools resumed its bi-weekly grab-and-go meal program Monday for any Bossier Parish student or child under the age of 18.
In an effort to provide meals to Bossier students who are in need, and limit contact to protect Bossier employees, the district has contracted the services of an outside vendor, Revolution Foods, to provide pre-made meals and enlisted the help of volunteers to distribute the meals.
“We are indebted to the volunteers that have stepped up to the plate and put themselves out here on the front lines to distribute these meals. We’ve been working closely with Northpoint Community Church and they’ve taken the lead in making sure that we have 32 volunteers each week to be able to staff each eight serving sites. And they didn’t hesitate for one moment when we asked if they would help. They have other churches that are partnering by staffing these positions on a volunteering basis. And we could not do this without them. it’s truly a community coming together,” said spokesperson for the Bossier Parish School district, Sonja Bailes.
Volunteers from Northpoint Community Church will distribute the meals between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Eight schools in the parish. The designated serving school sites will serve Monday and Wednesday.
NorthPoint Community Church Volunteer, Mary Teutsch, said volunteering to distribute food to the children who need it at Plantation Park Elementary, is a blessing and an honor.
“Volunteering to do this makes me feel amazing. It just pumps me up to be able to bless these kids. I’m honored that the lord picked me to be here and come do this. I’m humbled and thankful to the school to allow us to do this,” said Teutsch.
Children will receive two breakfasts and two lunches on Mondays and three breakfasts and three lunches on Wednesdays.
The serving school sites are:
- Benton Elementary
- Bossier Elementary
- Central Park Elementary
- Elm Grove Middle
- Meadowview Elementary
- Plantation Park Elementary
- T.L. Rodes Elementary
- Waller Elementary
Another option being made available to qualified families by the USDA and Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty is free home delivery of meals. Families can elect to have meals shipped via UPS if their child attends one of 15 Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools. Please see the attached news release for more information.
Eligibility is automatic, but parents must apply by Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at https://mealstoyou.org/emergency-meals-to-you-application/. Please note that applications cannot be approved until after the April 1 deadline and meal shipments will not begin until the week of April 6.