Edmonds School District marks 1 millionth free meal

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Since March 16, the Edmonds School District’s Food and Nutrition Services department has served more than 1 million free meals to kids up to age 18 in the community.

Superintendent Gustavo Balderas served that 1 millionth meal to a family at College Place Elementary School in Lynnwood Oct. 15.

“School lunches offer students fruits and vegetables, whole grains and local milk, and meet federal nutrition standards limiting fat, calories, and sodium,” said Megan de Vries, Food and Nutrition Services director.

The Food and Nutrition Department partnered with the Foundation for Edmonds School District’s Nourishing Network throughout the pandemic to coordinate meal service at select community locations, add supplemental food items for the highest-need students and continue home delivery to those unable to make it to a meal pick up location.

The Food and Nutrition Department received a variety of grants this spring from Albertsons and Safeway, Genyouth, No Kid Hungry and OSPI Child Nutrition.

These funds were used to purchase additional insulated bags to transport food safely for home deliveries, milk coolers to store milk at curbside meal service locations, and to purchase was a food truck branded for the Food and Nutrition Services team to bring meals to students.

During the pandemic, the district is using the food truck to distribute meals at apartment complexes throughout the district. When students return to on-campus instruction, the district will continue to use food truck to serve students in a variety of locations and at special events.

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