BATON ROUGE, LA. (BRPROUD)– Children in East Baton Rouge (EBR) Parish are now out of school, which means some are left at home without meals. The district said no child will go hungry this summer.
EBRSS Child Nutrition Program Chief Financial Director Nadine Mann said, “She said it was just too hard to do work at the hospital and get home to make sure her children were taken care of.”
EBR Schools makes sure every child is fed.
“We want all of our children to have something to eat. you can’t always guarantee someone’s at home. this way we’re helping to ensure the health of these kids,” said Mann.
Last year, there was a grater need for meals because of the pandemic but schools were restricted to curbside pick-up.
“The parents had to go to the school grounds where we had our daily distribution sites at 25 schools,” she said.
She added, “The city was shut down, businesses were closed, and people were really hungry. there was a lot of need out there. We served a lot of meals. Over last year we ended up serving over 13 million meals.”
The major difference between this year and last year is that this year they are bringing food, right to people’s doorsteps.
Gardere Initiative Reginald Brown said, “Especially for those who are living near poverty to have that one thing, especially food, which is vital, to have that taken care of, it is a huge burden off of our children.”
Although COVID-19 restrictions have relaxed, community outreach group Gardere Initiative said there is still a big need in communities.
Brown said, “The pandemic has only exaggerated the need that’s already there. the families in poverty are generally still in poverty.”
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This program is set out to better families lives -one meal at a time.