TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Today the Amphitheater School District hit a major milestone and served its millionth free grab-and-go meal since the start of the pandemic. The meals include seven days worth of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks.
“In March when all of this started, we were serving about 20,000 meals on Wednesday. Now 40,000 to 50,000. It’s a huge amount,” said Teresa Cribbs, the Director of Food Services for the Amphitheater School District.
Every week, cars line up at 14 locations in the district.
“The milk alone helps halfway through the month and the food helps through the whole week of stuff we can’t get,” said Mary Howe, a parent picking up food.
Howe has two children and said the meals are a huge help.
“It’s a blessing,” she said. “They help because we don’t get food stamps.”
Providing food to students who don’t have access to school lunches while they’re remote learning.
“It’s actually really nice. Times are hard right now. Everyone is struggling so the school giving out meals like this is really helpful,” said Jeremiah Cooper, a student picking up food for him and his brother.
Any child 18-years-old or younger is eligible for a meal. Cribbs said the district will continue handing out food even if Amphi returns to hybrid learning.
“It’s really amazing we are able to provide these meals when kids are in or out of school,” Cribbs said.
Pick-up locations include: Amphi High, Amphi Middle, Canyon Del Oro, Coronado K-8, Donaldson, Holaway, Keeling, La Cima, Mesa Verde, Nash, Painted Sky, Rio Vista, Walker and Wilson K-8. Due to return to remote learning, preordering is available at all sites. Pick-up are 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Wednesday through June 30th. Call the school’s nutrition department at 520-696-5133 or visit their website for more information.