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Richmond Public Schools Distributes 1 Million Meals to Students and Families

Richmond Public Schools Distributes 1 Million Meals to Students and Families

Richmond, VA - Richmond Public Schools (RPS) has prepared and distributed over 1 million meals to families since closing in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This milestone is absolutely remarkable and a true testament to how the RPS family has come together in this difficult time to support one another,” said RPS Superintendent Jason Kamras. “We are forever grateful to our nutrition workers, custodians, bus drivers, volunteers and so many others for being on the frontlines everyday and making sure our students had access to nutritious meals.“

The division averages 13,000 meals served per day at 56 school and mobile distribution sites throughout the City of Richmond. Personal protective equipment, cleaning materials, books, art kits, and family supplies, including diapers and hygiene kits, have also been available for families at the distribution sites. The distribution efforts would not have been possible without the help of over 4,000 volunteers for a combined total of nearly 14,000 volunteer hours. Please visit the Richmond Public Schools Community Partnerships page for updates on volunteer opportunities and other ways to engage with us throughout the summer.

As the 2019-2020 school year comes to a close, RPS is committed to ensuring students and families have access to nutritious meals throughout the summer. In collaboration with the City of Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, RPS will continue to provide meals at 46 mobile stops and 4 school-based sites during the summer. Parks and Recreation will host food distribution at 21 recreation and community centers around the city. For more information for summer meal distribution, please visit www.rvaschools.net/covid-19-food.

In addition to the meals and family resources, RPS has distributed more than 16,000 Chromebooks and over 5,600 hotspots for online learning through RPS@Home, the division’s virtual learning platform. The internet and computer access will also give students the opportunity to continue learning this summer through RPS SummerCamp@Home. The camp, in partnership with YMCA of Greater Richmond, BellXcel and NextUp, is offered to RPS students free of charge.

“From the meals to the computers to the PPE and clearing supplies, RPS has provided such a huge service to the families of Richmond,” said School Board Chair Linda Owen. “We thank the amazing partners who have rallied around our students and who continue to contribute to these efforts.”