Brewton City Schools delivers hot meals to students

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 8, 2020

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Brewton City Schools provided meals for students during the first few weeks of the school closure. “Right now what we are providing is a meal package that includes a hot plate. We did hamburgers on Mon, and hotdogs today,” said Superintendent Dr. Varner on Thurs. at a drop off location.

Utilizing the bus system, faculty and staff assembled and delivered meals to every bus stop in town. On Thurs. Varner, faculty, and staff greeted students and parents from afar, following the social distancing guidance.

“I think it has been well received. I think the community appreciates what we are trying to do. The coolest thing is the participation from our faculty and staff. They want to be apart of it,” said Varner.

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With plenty of support and participation, the only issue surrounding the deliveries is maintaining the necessary 6 ft. distance between individuals.

“One of the main problems we are having is maintaining social distancing, with so many people wanting to help. They all want to volunteer and to ride the busses and deliver the meals just so they can have a few minutes to spend with the students that they haven’t seen in a few weeks. I think the students are hungry for some interaction with teachers too. I think they appreciate those moments they get,” explained Varner.

In the meal package, the school system provided three extra days worth of meals.

“There is a cold pack in there that includes milk, juice, and cheeses—what it takes to have a well-balanced meal plan for the next three days,” shared Varner.

Last week the meal program saw great success. “We are really proud of our staff and stepping up to meet the need in the community. It’s incredible,” he added.

Following the stay at home order over the weekend, the school system made a very difficult decision. Varner updated the community via his Facebook page. He shared in his post, “Brewton City Schools will deliver meals tomorrow (Tuesday) beginning around noon. Packages will contain extra food on this delivery, but this will be the only delivery this week. After this delivery, we will pause the meal program as we try to honor the “shelter at home” order from the Governor and protect our employees from COVID-19 infections. We hope that we will be able to restart the program in the near future.”