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Children Will Have Access to Meals during the School Closing Period

Given recent school closures across Northwest Ohio due to COVID-19, community partners in the region have come together to support school-age-children seeking food.

Connecting Kids to Meals (CKTM) will be establishing 15 meal sites across Lucas County, as well as distribute 12,000 weekend snack bags.

During a news conference on Monday, March 16 to announce the collective action, Wendy Pestrue, president of United Way of Greater Toledo, said: “We need a lot of partners to come to the table. So far, said Pestrue and the subsequent speakers, that is exactly what is happening in Toledo – lots of partners are coming to the table – non-profits, schools, medical organizations, labor unions, companies.

“The reality is this will be with us for weeks, maybe months, but certainly for a long time,” said Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz. “High on the list of challenges – kids whose only chance to have a nutritious meal during the day. It is important to celebrate what is happening today because it represents the good that has come to the fore. Even in our struggle, we have a chance to show how good we can be as a community.”

Wendi Huntley, executive director of Connecting Kids to Meals, echoed the mayor’s sentiments.

“I’m overwhelmed at the outpouring of support from our community,” said Huntley, as she explained her agency’s goal of working with Toledo Public Schools and United Way, along with whatever other agencies and individuals can help connect the area’s children with food.

As previously announced: Toledo Public Schools will also be serving meals to students out of eight school-locations. Parents / guardians can reserve a meal at a school by calling or texting United Way 2-1-1. Additionally, if a parent is in closer proximity to a CKTM serving site, they can reserve a meal at one of those 15 locations, as mentioned above. If a parent / guardian cannot physically access one of the eight schools or one of the 15 CKTM sites, they will be given a private, “emergency” food number to call. At that number, they will leave a message and TPS representatives will coordinate home-food-delivery.

United Way of Greater Toledo will be hosting small volunteer events over the next three weeks to assemble the 12,000 weekend snack bags. You can sign up for a volunteer shift to pack a bag or volunteer at a CKTM serving site by visiting “FeedToledoKids.org.”

The cost of these bags total $42,000 for three weekends, and partners from City of Toledo, Fifth Third Bank, Mercy Health, NWO AFL-CIO, NWO Building & Construction Trades Council, ProMedica, Toledo Federation of Teachers, Toledo Refining Co. and United Way have stepped forward to cover these current, and future, meal costs.



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Revised: 03/18/20 17:07:03 -0500.



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