MCPS Meal Distribution Program for Students Making a Difference

Drive by meals were handed out at 20 Montgomery County Public Schools Tuesday, the second day of no school for students.

The District is distributing grab and go meals from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday for anyone 18 years and younger while schools remain shuttered due to the coronavirus.

As of 12:10 p.m. Tuesday, 120 meals already had been distributed at Montgomery Blair High School, according to Catherine, cafeteria manager at that school.

On Monday, 77 meals were distributed, she said, as she stood ready with her clipboard to keep track of the number of young people they fed.

As a car drove onto the school’s front parking lot, a cafeteria employee walked up to the window and asked how many meals were needed. That employee then yelled out the number, and another employee quickly approached the car with the requested meal bags.

The whole transaction took just a few minutes, alleviating the need for long lines and crowds. The entire procedure took place outside.

“It’s been very helpful,” said Jennifer, who walked over with her daughter.

“We are going to come every day,” she said, noting not only did her daughter get a free and nutritious meal, but they also both got exercise during the walk.

Accompanying them were Eric and his two daughters.

“This saves us a lot of food,” he said.

Without knowing how long schools will be closed and with so many empty grocery store shelves, the two adults wanted to ensure their food will last, and that “they are not always eating the food from the refrigerator,” Jennifer said.

The two families made a picnic out of their lunches of sandwiches, cheese stick, carrots, fruit and vanilla and chocolate milk. The three girls, who ranged in age from five to eight, sat down on the sidewalk, ate and chatted.

Shyrl Coker walked over to the high school on University Boulevard and Colesville Road with her two young children.

“It is not because I don’t have any money,” Coker said of her reason for coming. “But grocery store shelves are so empty, and I want to make sure they get the foods they will eat,” she said, noting her daughter, who is in first grade, receives a reduced price lunch daily at Sligo Creek Elementary School.

“I know it’s going to be some stuff she will eat,” she said of the bag she was handed.

Grover, a tenth grader, and Hugo, a fifth grader, also had walked over to get their lunches.

“It definitely helps, because the grocery stores are getting destroyed. There’s no food at the grocery store,” Grover said.

Here is the list of schools offering the meals. Appointments are not needed.


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Suzanne Pollak

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Suzanne is a freelance reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She has over 35 years professional experience writing for newspapers, magazines, non-profit newsletters and the web.


2 Responses to “MCPS Meal Distribution Program for Students Making a Difference”

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    On March 19, 2020 at 9:52 am responded with... #

    Do need to come with my kids to get the lunches?

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    On March 19, 2020 at 1:16 pm responded with... #

    Is MCPS looking for volunteers to help distribute food? I cannot find anything online.

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