This Thanksgiving, lots of of Ravenswood Metropolis Faculty District (RCSD) households will get pleasure from secure, nutritious, and free meals ready by the RCSD Youngster Vitamin and Training (CNE) group. The CNE group has loads to be glad about as nicely, having not too long ago gained Second Harvest’s prestigious “Massive Apple” award and hitting a significant milestone after they delivered their 500,000th meal in the course of the pandemic.
“The district hasn’t traditionally distributed meals throughout Thanksgiving Break,” stated Superintendent Gina Sudaria, “however this yr we all know that a lot of our households are relying on RCSD for high quality meals throughout this tough time. Delivering high quality meals this week permits our households to entry a full week of pre-packaged, contemporary, and wholesome breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. It will assist our college students and households recharge over the vacation break. We anticipate to serve roughly over 12,000 meals throughout Thanksgiving break alone.”
Whereas initially offering extra conventional faculty meals, the CNE group realized that households most well-liked meal packing containers. “We work carefully with our households and have modified to incorporate extra of what they inform us they need, comparable to including extra contemporary fruits, greens together with distributing entire pizzas for households, not simply our conventional single slices” stated Byron Montenegro, a kitchen supervisor at Belle Haven Faculty in Menlo Park.
RCSD additionally realized that some households couldn’t depart their properties to select up meals — particularly those that had been caregivers for a member of the family or little one with average to extreme disabilities, so the district created a system to ship meals to households in these conditions. “This has turn into a giant a part of what we do,” defined Delma Camacho, Director of Operations. “We began with dwelling supply being 30% of our meal distribution and we’re at the moment as much as 50% of meals being dwelling delivered.”
This creativity was not too long ago acknowledged by Second Harvest and the San Mateo County Workplace of Training when the district was awarded its first “Massive Apple Award.” The award is given to high school teams exhibiting extraordinary effort. In profitable the award, RCSD was cited for it’s tireless dedication to its college students, in addition to the innovation the district has proven in responding to the wants of the pandemic.
Till all college students are again, the CNE group will proceed distributing meals each Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 am to 2:00pm at every of the Ravenswood district faculty websites, simply as they’ve for the final eight months.