Through these tough times there are a lot of people who are doing their best to make sure that kids are still getting fed. With schools closed, lots of children are not getting food that they would normally get in school. To help out children and families with sources of food, many schools and churches are helping to distribute school lunches.
Gull Lake began offering meal distributions on April 4 on Tuesdays and Fridays with the Middle School at 11 a.m to 12 and Haven Church at 12 to 1 p.m. According to Gull Lake Schools, the goal is to provide a safe and healthy environment while practicing safe distancing.”
Over the past weeks, giving out food two times a week has had fewer people utilizing it, and it may be changed to once a week.
These meals help people who have been laid off and in need of unemployment money, and they might not have been able to afford food for their children.
While meals provided to our community this way is helpful breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day. Many children in low-income families, do not get breakfast. For most kids not being in school means that they are missing two meals that they might not have gotten at home. According to records of the School Nutrition Association 11.77 million free breakfasts,77 million reduced prices, and 2.17 million full-price meals are given on a daily average.
The School Nutrition Association continues by stating that 4.9 billion lunches are served annually on a daily average. With the increase of healthy food being introduced to the school lunches, the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) reports that “the new school meal nutrition standards are having a positive impact on student food selection and consumption, especially for fruits and vegetables.”