As the government shutdown continues, employees at noncommercial operations are stepping up to make sure that consumers still have access to fresh food. Here’s how four operations are helping out.
1. Prince George County Schools
Prince George County Public Schools in Prince George, Va., has been offering free meals to students this past week. The district also started a donation fund to make sure that all students will receive a hot meal regardless of whether they can pay. The fund has raised $15,000 through community donations so far.
2. Claremore Indian Hospital
When staff at Claremore Indian Hospital in Claremore, Okla., found out that fellow employees were struggling because of the shutdown, the hospital reached out to a local nonprofit, which helped make sure that the hospital’s pantry was fully stocked with groceries and toiletries for affected employees.
3. Falls Church City Public Schools
Families at Falls Church City Public Schools in Falls Church, Va., can now apply for expedited free and reduced-priced lunch applications, allowing families to be approved in up to a day. The district is also letting students receive hot meals even if they have a negative lunch balance until the shutdown ends.
4. Charles County Public Schools
Charles County Public Schools in La Plata, Md., has temporarily increased the amount of meal credits each student receives. Students now have an extra 30 credits in their accounts that will remain available for 30 days after the government reopens.