5 silver linings from this week: June 12 edition

Operators are relying on partnerships more than ever to make sure kids are still being fed as the pandemic rolls on.
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As schools let out for the summer, operators are continuing to work with local and national entities to make sure that students have access to healthy meals. Here are five bright spots we found. 

1. Funding free transportation 

Baltimore City Public Schools has partnered with Uber to provide free transportation, up to $25, for students who need help getting to school meal pickup sites. The partnership will run until the end of the month. 

Read the full story at baltimore.cbslocal.com

2. Teaming up

The Miami Dolphins is working with Miami-Dade County Public Schools to provide 500 free to-go meals for students and families each week for a whole year. The meals will be provided in addition to the grab-and-go breakfast and lunches the district serves students. 

Read the full story at miamidolphins.com

3.  Going mobile 

Dothan City Schools in Dothan, Ala., has partnered with a local nonprofit to set up a mobile feeding bus, which will provide free meals to students while school is out for the summer. The district estimates that an additional 700 students will be able to receive meals as a result. The bus launched a test run this week and served free popsicles to kids along its route. 

Read the full story at dothaneagle.com

4. Linking up with the local library 

Students at Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation in Columbus, Ind., will be able to receive a free activity packet when picking up meals this summer at the district’s food sites. The packets are being provided by a local library. 

Read the full story at therepublic.com

5. Gift from a recent grad 

A recent college grad who will be working at Winona Area Public Schools next fall decided to host a fundraiser at her family’s car wash in lieu of a traditional graduation party. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Winona, Minn., district’s Feed the Kids fund and will go toward eliminating lunch debt in the district. The event ended up raising $1,000. 

Read the full story at winonadailynews.com

Have a silver lining you’d like to share? Let me know at bgingerella@winsightmedia.com.

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