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Dedicated Staff Deliver Meals to Families
Dedicated Staff Deliver Meals to Families
Posted on 03/31/2020
Ms. Barbara Roberson stands beside a bus holding a lunch meal.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Ms. Barbara Roberson doesn’t ever want to stop working for the children in her community.

At 81 years old, the transportation safety assistant decided to join the massive BCS effort to deliver food on yellow buses.

“I thought ‘I want to help,’” she said. “I love the kids, and I want to be around them and help them. It’s been so rewarding. Everyone’s appreciative, especially the kids. They really do enjoy these meals.”

Ms. Roberson started working for Buncombe County Schools in the 1960s after she and her husband sold their hardware store. She started as a dishwasher at Sand Hill Elementary School and eventually became the cafeteria manager. She continued as cafeteria manager when Sand Hill Elementary and Venable Elementary merged to become Sand Hill-Venable Elementary. She retired in 2010 then came back four years later to work as a transportation safety assistant on Ms. Pam Burt’s Exceptional Children (EC) bus, helping kids get on and off and buckling them in.

When the EC buses became food delivery vehicles, she and Ms. Burt jumped at the chance to continue their child-centered mission. They’ve been bagging school breakfasts and lunches, helping to load meals onto their bus, and heading out to parks, apartment complexes, and other areas of high need.

“I’m a worker,” Ms. Roberson said. “I’ve been like that all my life. I’ve been working since I was 14 years old. Staying home is not good for me.”

“She has done so much,” said Shelby Pope, who came to one of the meal sites on Wednesday with her preschooler. “I’ve known her even before I was in school, and she always did everything to make sure the kids were happy and smiling. And she continues to do that.”

Ms. Roberson is one of hundreds of Child Nutrition and BCS Transportation staff who have delivered more than 115,000 meals to families throughout the district since the governor ordered all public schools closed to students on March 23.

In addition to yellow bus delivery sites, designated Buncombe County schools continue to serve meals Monday through Friday, with breakfasts served from 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. and lunches served from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. During Friday lunch times, these sites also send home boxed weekend meals for students. Up-to-date meal location and times are accessible at Response.BuncombeSchools.org.

Do you have a neighbor, friend, family member that are unable to get to our meal sites or bus locations due to lack of transportation? Do you need extra help with food boxes, school supplies, hygiene supplies, diapers, wipes, or laundry detergent, due to financial hardship? Please call 828-225-4768 to ask for assistance from the BCS Family Resource Center, between the hours of 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buncombe County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is: Shanon Martin, shanon.martin@bcsemail.org, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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