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No One Hungry: Public Schools Serve Area Kids
No One Hungry: Public Schools Serve Area Kids
Posted on 03/19/2020
BCS workers continue to serve meals daily to area students who need them during this uncertain time.The most up-to-date school information about our response to coronavirus - including meal sites and times - is available at

By: Benjamin Rickert, BCS Communications

Buncombe workers prepare hundreds of breakfasts and lunches for students who need them.Sometimes heroes look just like our neighbors. A line of helpers assembled meals into brown paper bags at West Buncombe Elementary School today, an activity mirrored by schools across the county. It was the second day of online classes for all Buncombe students, and five days since the governor ordered all North Carolina schools be closed for students due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. The goal was to make sure the nutritional needs of all students were met while schools were closed.

“We’re excited we can provide this meal service,” said assistant principal Robin Paine. “We’re serving about 165 students through the car rider line daily, as well as reaching out to those who need us with the bus service.”

In the West Buncombe cafeteria, nutrition staff led the charge in creating a safe and sanitary environment for meal preparation, with assistance from bus drivers, teacher/instructional assistants, school administrators, and the school resource officer. The group assembled bagged breakfast and lunch meals that were either carted to the car windows of parents waiting outside, or loaded onto buses for service throughout the Erwin district of Buncombe County.

Buncombe workers load a bus for meal deliveries in the Erwin district.Bus number 87 spent the lunch period parked by the playground of a nearby apartment complex. Students approached one-by-one to receive a bagged lunch and two smiles from driver Jennifer Ingle and instructional assistant Jan Cundiff. For lunch, students enjoyed baked beans, chicken rings, milk, and an apple.

“There are a ton of kids who get off at this stop,” Ingle said. “We’re trying to provide as many places of convenience as possible for our families.”

Ingle explained that Friday morning will be an especially important time of meal preparation. West Buncombe’s staff will assemble more than 3,500 meals intended to be eaten not only on Friday, but the weekend, as well. During lunch on Friday, students will be able to take these additional meals home with them.

“This is only our second day out in the community,” Ingle said. “Afterward we’ll go back and debrief, talk about what happened, make suggestions, and see if we can improve it in any way.”

“It’s all about the kids,” said Paine. “We want to be sure the kids are taken care of.”

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