NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans Public Schools started feeding programs to students during the closure due to COVID-19, the system announced Saturday.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday that schools would be closed starting March 16 and possibly reopen on April 13 in an effort to slow the spread of the disease.
Public schools, in collaboration with charter school leaders and the mayor’s agencies, are coordinating “a multi-pronged effort” to ensure child nutrition services are available while schools are closed.
The school system has already served more than 8,700 meals since Monday.
Beginning Wednesday, March 18, NOLA-PS, in collaboration with many charter school leaders, the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORD), local non-profit organizations, faith-based partners and private businesses, will launch a full-scale Citywide Feeding Program.
This program will consist of 43 Community Feeding Distribution sites across New Orleans that ensure families can easily access breakfast and lunch during this prolonged school closure. The 43 sites consist of schools, NORD facilities and local business locations.
Students do not have to be present to receive meals.