CPS To Resume Grab-And-Go Meal Sites Tuesday

Keith Johnson
June 02, 2020 - 10:02 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Public Schools said grab and go lunches are back on Tuesday.

CPS announced Monday that on Tuesday, June 2, meal distribution will resume at more than 300 school sites following a temporary one-day suspension of grab-and-go meal sites due to the transportation and safety challenges that were anticipated on Monday for families and staff.  

Also, to help students, educators and parents navigate discussions around the weekend’s events and more importantly, the systemic racial inequities that spurred action in Chicago and throughout the country, CPS is providing an instructional toolkit Tuesday to families and staff.

CPS CEO Dr. Janice Jackson said her decision to cancel grab-and-go lunches at meal sites was due to the violence and looting in the city, not safe for parents or staff. But Jackson said "“we know our meal sites serve as a critical community resource and we are ready to resume this essential service for our families tomorrow following an assessment of ongoing activities. We support and stand with Chicagoans who are forcefully, yet peacefully, advocating for the rights of black and brown people. We created a package of resources for families to navigate these difficult times and we hope this leads to critical conversations in households and virtual classrooms across Chicago.”

The district initiated a one-day temporary suspension of grab-and-go meal distribution due to potential transportation and safety challenges for families and staff. During the one-day suspension, CPS delivered meals to families as previously planned and scheduled. Beginning Tuesday, there will be additional support from CPD in the vicinity of meal distribution sites to ensure families can pick up meals in a safe and welcoming environment, CPS said in a statement.

Since the final day of in-person instruction, dedicated CPS principals and nutrition staff have ensured families are fed and supported. More than 13 million free meals have been provided to school staff and more than 125,000 computing devices were distributed to support remote learning.

For the current list of active meal sites, please visit cps.edu/mealsites.

If your family is in need of assistance during this challenging time, please contact the CPS Command Center, which can help connect you to vital support services. The Command Center can be reached at 773-553-KIDS (5437) or familyservices@cps.edu.

Chicago Public Schools serves 355,000 students in 642 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.