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Pinellas County Schools needs volunteers to hand out emergency meals

Pinellas County back to school information
Posted at 5:12 AM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 05:12:47-04

Pinellas County Schools is moving to Wednesday-only meal distributions and they need volunteers to hand-out thousands of meals.

The extra help would allow Food & Nutrition workers to focus on preparing and packing the food and drinks, according to district officials.

The district is prepared to serve up to 350 children/teens at each of its 22 school sites.

That’s 4,200 students and 92,400 meals each week.

PCS needs nearly 90 volunteers, three or four volunteers per school site, to work from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday. The help will be needed through May 27, the last Wednesday of the school year.

  • To sign up, go to Volunteer Florida.
  • Personal protective gear is provided, and CDC safety guidelines are in place for volunteers.
  • Other nonprofits and government agencies are needing assistance too. Learn how to donate here.
  • Starting Wednesday, April 22, Pinellas will provide six days worth of meals to a child. Once a week, families will receive a combination of hot and cold breakfast items and hot lunch entrees with easy heating instructions.

The district is encouraging parents to pop their trunks at the sites for safe food delivery. Families who walk to the site can bring a bag or large box.

The new schedule will continue through the end of the school year.

More information is available here.