Delphi community schools providing free lunch and breakfast to students

The meals will be available for pick-up from 10 to 12 through Thursday at both Delphi Community High School and Camden Early Childhood Center.

Posted: Mar 17, 2020 6:55 PM

DELPHI, Ind.(WLFI)- With schools in the area implementing e-learning days many children who rely on school lunches to eat may not know where their next meal is coming from. Delphi community school workers are making sure students in their district have lunch and breakfast available.

"We are trying to be as normal as possible we want to offer lunches and breakfast to those children in our community 18 and younger," said Bill Shidler the Principal at Delphi community elementary school.

The lunches are what students would be eating if the school was in session like normal.

"Everyone is having to adjust for a short period of time hopefully so this is kind of a new normal that hopefully will go away soon," added Shidler.

Normalcy is what some students have told those handing out the food, they are missing the most.

"We had a person come by that their daughter just really wanted a school lunch,” said Alisha Pitty a kitchen worker at Delphi middle school. “They didn't necessarily need the lunch but she wanted some normalcy. Kids are so used to structure and missing a school lunch is a big deal to kids right now."

Part of that normalcy faculty members are providing, is embracing the holiday.

"Trying to keep up morale with my leprechaun-looking hat or Vikings hat I guess just trying to keep the St. Patrick's Day spirit alive," added Pitty.

All while fulfilling a need in the community.

"We know it's a need and we want to address a need of our community, a need of our learning community and we want to do the right thing," added Shidler.

"It's good for people to feel like they have somewhere that they can get food from it helps parents feel a little bit more comfortable than they know at least where that meal is going to come from," said Pitty.

The meals will be available for pick-up from 10 to 12 through Thursday at both Delphi Community High School and Camden Early Childhood Center. The district says they have plans to continue the service through spring break. they say those details will be released at a later date.

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