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KCPS Student Meal Distribution Update

KCPS Student Meal Distribution Update

More than 65,000 breakfasts and lunches served so far during emergency response

Kansas City, April 3, 2020:  Thousands of children are being nourished thanks to the commitment to public service in Kansas City Public Schools.

KCPS has served more than 65,000 breakfasts and lunches free of charge for students since the start of the state of emergency and school closures prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This impressive data was provided as part of an update from Child Nutrition Services Director Jordan Gordon. It’s the result of a massive combined effort by Team KCPS, including school principals and support staff and staff members in Child Nutrition Services, IT, Custodial Services and Maintenance and Operations.

Superintendent Mark Bedell and his leadership team made a decision shortly after the national emergency was declared to take extraordinary measures to provide meals for students throughout the school closures. School meals provide an important source of nutrition for many children in KCPS, where 100 percent of the students qualify under federal guidelines for free breakfasts and lunches.

“In Kansas City Public Schools, we understand the importance of serving this community,” Dr. Bedell said. “We understand that we’re all in this together to help meet the basic needs of our students, whether those are academic, nutritional or social-emotional needs. We’re committed to doing this for as long as we can.”

KCPS will continue distributing school breakfasts and lunches free-of-charge for our students from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 6, and Wednesday, April 8, at the following locations:

  • East High School (1924 Van Brunt Blvd.)
  • Northeast High School (415 Van Brunt Blvd.)
  • Central High School (3221 Indiana Ave.)
  • African-Centered College Preparatory Academy-Lower Campus (6410 Swope Parkway)

As a reminder, we will deliver meals to families who need that option. This includes families with children who are in our Students in Transition Program (homeless) and those who are in our special education programs who have special dietary and mobility needs. Families should email food@kcpublicschools.org or call 816-418-3663 (FOOD) if they need home delivery. Delivery will be provided to those with the greatest need for the service.

As always, visit www.kcpublicschools.org/coronovirus for information and updates about our COVID-19 pandemic response.