By Gigi Scarpelli, News Writer
As a response to the pandemic, District 207 schools have been offering free meals to students.
The program is available to all district students and there is no registration or income verification required to qualify for the program. The only requirement to receive these meals is that they must be ordered in advance through the MyMealOrder system the Thursday night before a family intends to pick them up.
“Families in Park Ridge that have children under the age of 18 are able to pick up pre-packaged meals each week,” Associate Principal Mr. Berendt said.
The program offers seven days of meals for both breakfast and lunch. Families are able to pick up the meals on Monday 2:00 pm-5:00 pm, Wednesday 7:00 am-10:00 am, and Thursday 2:00 pm- 5:00 pm.
The district is expecting to be fully reimbursed for the costs of the meals through federal funding such as the emergency relief funds and The Seamless Summer Meals plan. There have also been community donations to the program, which amounted to more than $96,700 by the summer of 2020.
A number of families are taking advantage of this program at Maine South, though there is room for more to sign up.
The program provided 27,091 meals to students in January and 26,195 meals in February, “the number of meals has increased since it’s beginning a year ago,” said Associate Principal Dave Berendt.