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QPS extends free meals distribution until August

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QUINCY (WGEM) — As families still struggle to deal with the impact of COVID-19, Quincy Public Schools is extending a program that gives some families one less thing to worry about.

Jerry Bagby knows what it takes to keep his three kids fed…but he says it can get costly.

"You know how kids are. They eat, they go through a lot of food. So you have to go to the store and be restocking quite often and this kind of helps you to kind of be able to push it out a bit further." Bagby said.

But he's getting a helping hand to make his money go as far as possible.

His kids got their lunch from the Quincy Public School District's meal distribution program.

It gives kids 1-18 with free lunches through out the week, but with some changes this year.

Food Services Staff Rita McClean says they don't just provide packed lunches, but even hot meals.

"Moms and dads have been cooking for kids for several months now and had them home. If you just need a break and give yourself a quick 30 minutes, come pick up a lunch and you don't have to worry about what you're feeding them." McClean said.

Because of COVID-19 the Quincy Public School District say they're going to keep the process going to help even more families.

"Normally the food has to stay at a site, kind of like a school day, but since the state approved us to deliver these meals, they continue to let us do it through the summer." McClean explained.

They're also extending the program until august 7th…All in efforts to keep kids from going hungry.

"The fact that they extended it…that was a nice gesture that I wasn't expecting. It helps…the kids…some days they don't want it, some days they do but at least they know its there." Bagby said.

There is no income requirement to get the meals, and you don't have to bring your kids to pick up the meals.

All you have to do is show up at a site like this one during the delivery hours and tell the staff how many meals you need.

There are four meal distribution sites you can pick up meals all from 10 a.m. to noon.

  • Blessed Sacrament School on 7th Street
  • Board of Education office on Maine Street
  • Quincy Senior High School on Maine Street
  • Quincy Christian School on 10th Street

QPS Meal Distribution Plan

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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