TAYLOR COUNTY—The Taylor County Board of Education has been working diligently throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that the county’s youths received the nutrition they needed.
Throughout the summer, school personnel worked to package food items that were then distributed to students throughout the county. As the school year began, those same efforts were continued with food packages being doled out during times of remote learning.
“Our cooks worked hard to ensure that these food boxes were being packaged up so that our students didn’t have to worry about going hungry,” said Taylor County Board of Education Director of Child Nutrition Services Donnette Nines. “Now that we have students back in the classroom and able to take part in our nutrition services, we want to make sure those students in the county who are not present in our school are still receiving the proper nutrition.”
To do so, Nines has launched a Meal Box Kit Delivery program that will serve those students who are taking part in the full virtual platform of learning, as well as those who are homeschooled and homebound.
“In addition to those kids, we are also extending the program to children ages one through four, who are not currently enrolled in school,” Nines explained.
She said that because the cooks and kitchen staff had been working to assemble the boxes previously, they had to figure out an alternate solution to providing meals to students.
“Our cooks took on the task of boxing when students weren’t in school, but now that students have returned to school five days a week, they must focus their attention on meal preparation,” Nines disclosed.
After some brainstorming, Nines decided to utilize a vendor that the county had previously worked hand-in-hand with.
“We will be purchasing these meal kits from Kilmer Farms that will be delivered to the area schools for parents and guardians to pick up,” she reported. “Meals will be supplied to the schools and available for pickup each Monday, beginning on March 15.”
To take part in the program, parents and guardians are asked to visit the Taylor County Board of Education’s website, www.taylorcountyboe.net, and click on the “Five Day School Meal Kit Form” link.
Participants will then be directed to the registration form where they will be asked to input information such as the name of the parent or legal guardian, their phone number and the student’s name.
In addition, they will have to report whether the youth is a full-time homebound, full-time homeschool or full-time virtual student, or if the child falls under the classification of a one-to-four-year-old child not yet enrolled in school.
When filling out the form, the parent or guardian will also be asked to select the school that they would like their kit to be delivered to for pickup.
Please note that a form will need to be filled out for each child individually to be accepted into the program.
“Because I need to have an estimate of meals to send to the vendor, we will need to have all wishing to participate signed up by Wednesday, March 10,” Nines said.
Those who would like more information are asked to please contact Nines by calling the Taylor County Board of Education office at 304-265-2497.
“We hope that families will take part in this program as it provides nutrition to students outside of our school settings,” Nines imparted.