BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - It’s just like we saw over thanksgiving break. families worried about how to feed their children and themselves over the holidays. But some of those families don’t need to worry anymore. The East Baton Rouge School System and the Child Nutrition Program will be providing extra meals over the break.
“I’m very thankful for the east Baton Rouge parish school system for providing this opportunity for us to have these meals,” said Lashawnna Thompson, a parent of a child in the school district.
It’s parents like Lashawnna Thompson are looking for any help they can get.
“It’s really a good thing for parents like me who, you know, sometimes have to deal with the things in life and it’s just an awesome opportunity to have,” said Thompson.
Nadine Mann works for the Child Nutrition Program and says she is amazed at what they can do to make Christmas for those struggling families that much more special.
“It is completely covered in cost, so it is no cost to the parents, its truly a wonderful program,” said Mann.
The meal boxes provided by Focus Foods Catering will include a combination of fresh bread products, cereal, frozen entrees, and more to prepare for each meal of the day for each person listed. but these meals are not just being provided for EBR students.
“Because the Central school district, the Zachary school district, and the Baker school district are all a part of EBR parish, students in those parishes are also eligible,” said Mann
The program is also looking to expand their meal distributions to Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes as well. Right now, they are looking for distribution centers in those areas.
“If I were a parent and I had a child at home I would certainly take advantage of it,” said Mann
It’s because of programs like these that parents like Lashawnna can worry less about the struggles ahead and instead can focus more on what we all should be thankful for.
“Just spending more time with my children and be thankful for the smaller things because this year has been a bit crazy so, being able to spend time with kids and just enjoy them for the holidays,” said Thompson.
To register for the meal delivery over the Winter Break, click here. (The link has instructions in both English and Spanish)
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