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Good news: Harvard District 50 delivers 35,000 meals and counting

Harvard District 50 has delivered 35,000 meals to students by bus since schools closed on March 16.
Harvard District 50 has delivered 35,000 meals to students by bus since schools closed on March 16.

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Harvard School District 50 reached 35,000 school meals delivered to students on Thursday. Since school closings started March 16, District 50 has provided meals to students using buses to deliver food. A walk-up station at Jefferson Elementary offers grab-and-go meals.

Working in partnership with Aramark and Durham School Services, District 50 has ensured that students receive nutritious meals each day. Deliveries are made Monday through Thursday to students' homes. Thursday deliveries include meals for Friday and through the weekend.

In addition to meals, District 50 school nurse Noemi Zamudio distributed 150 masks. The district intends to supply more masks with future deliveries. District 50 delivered 5,000 books to students’ homes in April, thanks to a donation from Bernie’s Book Bank.

With a combination of CARES Act funds and a Rural and Low Income Grant, 222 WiFi hot spots have been issued to families to guarantee all students have internet access.

“COVID-19 has proved challenging for students and the community,” District 50 superintendent Corey Tafoya said. “Our district is doing everything in our power to keep our students safe and healthy during this unique time.”

Meal deliveries will continue for all students through mid-August.

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