FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Parents of students at East Allen County Schools said they are grateful for the school meals that were provided, especially with trips to the grocery store becoming unbearable.
“It does help out a lot, it really does,” said Angela Cooke, EACS parent. “Because the stores really don't have anything, so we kind of have to nitpick through what we can.”
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Volunteers handed out enough meals to last students through the week at New Haven Intermediate School, Southwick Elementary School and Heritage Jr./Sr. High School.
“What else do you do in a crisis but take care of one another?” said Stephen Terry, EACS volunteer. “That's the vibe with the volunteers. It's almost like they can't wait to give and be generous. That's the way we need to be in a time like now.”
Lunches were passed out from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. and dinner packs were passed out from 4-6 p.m.
“A lot of people have some fear, some anxieties, but when things like this take place and they see there is so much love in the community,” Terry said. “It's been brightening up people’s day.”
EACS estimates around 35,000 meals were provided for students throughout the day.
“The families have been so appreciative, and they thank us,” said Diamond Robinson, Southwick Elementary School Principal. “A lot of the kids are in the car waving at us. We miss our students, so it's great to see our families.”
To learn when the next time East Allen County Schools will be providing meals for students click here.