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Logansport Community School Corporation staff making sure families stay fed

LCSC staff are handing out five meals to families once a week. Starting in April, you can pick up your meals at either Columbia Elementary School or Logansport High School on Tuesdays.

Posted: Mar 30, 2020 10:54 PM
Updated: Mar 30, 2020 11:48 PM

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) - School corporations across the country are looking for ways to still provide important meals to families while school moves to virtual learning. The staff at Logansport Community School Corporation is like a well-oiled machine as they work to get meals out to the community every week,

"Teachers have been working very very hard, they miss their students," said LCSC Superintendent Michele Starkey.

Staff and volunteers at LCSC have a lot on their plates. Cass County reported its first positive coronavirus case on Monday. LCSC teachers are using this week to prepare their virtual learning lessons, which will officially start on Monday April 6th. 

They are also using this time to make sure other essentials are taken care of for their students.

"We are doing what we call grab and go meals," she said. "We've been doing it once a week and we do five breakfasts and five lunches for our students and families."

They are even extending this to non-LCSC families. As long as you have kids under the age of, 18 you can stop by either Columbia Elementary School or Logansport High School. Supt. Starkey said starting in April, they will move the handout day to Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

She said they have heard that some families don't have transportation to get them to the pick-up locations. So she said they have also started delivering meals to those in need.

Cars were lined up down the street promptly at 10 a.m. on Monday. The food drive at Columbia Elementary ran out of food in less than an hour and a half after opening.

"Many of our families, they rely on us not only for the educational piece," she said. "A lot of our students they get their breakfast and lunch from us at school."

"This is an unplanned break," said Kellie Pearson, Principal of Columbia Elementary. "Our families planned break, they plan for summer, they plan for their kids to be home for break but then it was all of a sudden, your kids are going to be home now for six plus weeks and you have to figure out how to feed them."

Their hard work has paid off. They gave away more than 10,000 meals just on Monday.

"We knew it was the right thing to do but we've just been scrambling to get product, it's been really difficult to get things together," said Kelley Lease, Food and Nutrition Director of LCSC.

That's where the community came in. They've received donations from local restaurants, money from community members and Tyson donated 5,000 pounds of chicken.

"I'm so thankful that we are able to help all these kids here and they seem very appreciative as well," said Lease.

"I think in times of need and when things aren't going to great in a crisis like this, it just truly shows what a great team we have and it really truly does bring out the best in people," said Supt. Starkey. "It just makes me feel so proud of who we are and what we do here because it's all about the people and what they do for our kids."

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