Ever since COVID-19 forced the closure of schools and businesses earlier this year, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) has stood with the community through every step of this crisis, maintaining a lifeline of food distribution for students and families in need.
Many families rely on school-provided meals as one of the only consistent sources of healthy food for their children. From breakfasts, lunches, dinners, grab-and-go, produce and other bulk meal items, M-DCPS has not wavered in its commitment to support students and families, providing more than 12 million free meals since the closure of schools in March.
As 2020 is coming to a close, M-DCPS continues to respond to the community's needs by ensuring students have food security during the two-week Winter Recess. On Wednesday, M-DCPS distributed 1.2 million meal items, enough for 12 breakfasts and 12 lunches for 40,000 students.
Through the Family Meals-on-the-Go program, M-DCPS has partnered with individual donors, local organizations such as the Miami Dolphins, and local restaurateurs who donate funds to purchase food from local restaurants. This initiative supports the hospitality industry and local economy while delivering hundreds of thousands of hot meals and bags of fresh produce to families in need. Since its inception, donors have contributed more than $1.1 million, providing for the purchase of more than 115,000 hot meals.
In addition to the ongoing meal distributions at school sites, M-DCPS partner organizations – Share Your Heart, Farm Share and Feeding South Florida – are assisting in efforts to ensure no child or family goes hungry.
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TOP CAPTION: Miami-Dade Schools Police Officer was among the hundreds of employees who helped distribute meals throughout the year.
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