Starting Monday, Cobb students were able to pick up a 5-day supply of breakfasts and lunches at 8 school locations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. thanks to a partnership between Cobb Schools and MUST Ministries. The curbside meal distributions will take place every Monday while schools are closed to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
Over the last two weeks, Cobb Schools has provided over 100,000 lbs of food to more than 40,000 students in need through Cobb’s 8 distribution sites and our public/private partnerships. On Monday alone, 24,480 meals were served to students in need from each corner of Cobb county.
The MUST Neighborhood Pantry Program provides families with food boxes with enough food to feed a family for two weeks and the 5-day supply’s provide students with breakfast and lunch for one week.
Through the Neighborhood Pantry program, volunteers at 29 school sites delivered the food boxes to families curbside to minimize the spread of germs.
“There were several sites giving out books, toiletries, diapers, feminine products, and even passing out candy and cakes. We really provided families with so much more! We had so many families thank us for all that we are doing for Cobb County and more importantly, we saw so many children with smiles on their faces when they were leaving,” said Ana Murphy, Cobb Schools Social Worker supervisor.
For those families that were identified to be at home without transportation, food was delivered.
“The Cobb Schools social workers were instrumental in identifying the families in need and ensuring that every family was served. We had school social workers, counselors, campus police officers, food and nutrition staff, principals, and even community members come out to support our efforts,” Murphy added.
Cobb Schools social workers and MUST worked together to coordinate a team of eager volunteers at each location. They ensured that additional boxes were re-routed to the locations most in need, so no family was turned away. Even if a location ran out of boxes, the volunteers were able to direct families to another location where they could get a food box.
According to Murphy, several families shared how extremely grateful they were for the assistance as many have not been able to go to work because their places of employment were closing.
“Thank you so much! This is a huge help as I’m out of work and my son was free breakfast/lunch prior. I’m high-risk and can’t get out beyond a curb pick up, so thank you so incredibly much! Thankful to know that we are covered right now,” one parent praised.
Because of the proximity to families in need, not all families drove to the school locations.
“We even saw several families walk up to the sites to pick up the food,” she explained. “On Friday, one family received a donated birthday cake and the kids were so excited to go home and eat it!”
Breakfast and Lunch School Distribution Locations from 11 am – 1 pm:
- Acworth Elementary School
- Bryant Elementary School
- Campbell High School
- Compton Elementary School
- East Cobb Middle
- Garrett Middle School
- Osborne High School
- Riverside Intermediate School