LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Following winter break, meal distribution sites across Jefferson County Public Schools have returned to providing meals for students learning from home.
For a lot of families, these sites are vital and are about more than food. They’re about camaraderie with the teachers and nutritional service workers there.
Blue Lick Elementary first grader Jusef Alobadi has been at the school every Tuesday and Thursday to pick up meals but also to say hello. Jusef was happy to be right back in line at Blue Lick in 2021.
“He’s so excited coming back to school,” Jusef’s father, Ayad, said, “talking to them, and likes to meet people and see his teachers.”
Still, the program is important for busy parents.
Carl Garrett and his wife have four kids and are grateful for the service.
“It makes it so much quicker,” Garrett said, “especially with four kids, trying to get dinner, working and everything else all together at once. It’s a blessing to have it back.”
One parent really hoping to get 2021 off to a good start is Jaime Fick. She’s recovering from brain surgery and taking care of her children too.
She said any help she can get, like from the folks at Blue Lick Elementary, is appreciated.
“I can’t praise them enough. Blue Lick Elementary is one of the hidden gems in Louisville,” Fick said. “They stand out in the cold and give us food, and we’ve made connections as friends now.”
Pick-up times at all locations across JCPS are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays an Thursday.
Since March 2020, more than 5 million meals have been served to families across the district.
You can find the list of locations here.