ALBANY, Ga. — The Dougherty County School System will soon make fewer trips out to deliver meals, but officials say that doesn’t mean that anyone will miss out on meal opportunities.
The district will offer the same number of meals it currently is providing but in fewer days, Superintendent Kenneth Dyer said. The buses will run routes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, delivering multiple days worth of meals each time. The schedule change will start on Monday, April 27, 2020.
“It’s pretty simple,” Dyer said. “Buses that run on Monday will have enough meals for everyone to receive one breakfast and lunch each for Monday and Tuesday. The buses that run on Wednesday will have enough for Wednesday and Thursday, and the ones that run on Friday will have enough to get families through the weekend.”
The move accomplishes several goals for the district. First and foremost it continues to ensure that children in the community don’t go hungry while the community remains under shelter-in-place guidelines and schools are closed for in-person instruction; it also limits a person’s possible exposure to COVID-19; and it reduces the district’s transportation expenditures without cutting services.
The district continues to urge those who do wait at bus stops for the meals to practice social distancing and wear masks.
Since the meal delivery program began on March 16th, the district has provided more than 303,000 meals to people 18 and under in Dougherty County.