Thousands of Polk County families picked up extra meals this week to help them get through spring break.
On Thursday, all PCPS high schools served as food distribution sites, providing packages of free meals for any child under 18.
“Roughly 14 percent of our students’ families are considered food insecure — meaning that they lack a consistent source of food,” said Jenna Kaczmarski, PCPS’ director of school nutrition. “They often rely on school meals as a steady source of nutrition for their children. Things can get very challenging whenever there’s a long vacation break.”
Kaczmarski praised her School Nutrition staff for preparing the free meals and getting them ready for distribution. She also credited PCPS’ high schools and the entire staff of the Support Services division for keeping the drive-thru lines moving efficiently.
“They kept the lines of vehicles moving fast and steady,” she said. “People were very appreciative, and we got a lot of thanks for making this opportunity available.”
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