Bagged Lunch during COVID-19 – A possible solution to relieve essential workers
At St. George’s, children of essential workers are allowed to go back to school after a long spring break due to COVID-19; however, the school life looks a lot different. Due to health restrictions, water fountain has been turned off and kitchen has been closed.
Investigating other schools around, I found one method adopted by some inner-city schools that receive government funds could solve the lunch problem faced by essential workers at schools without a kitchen. That is “Bagged Lunch”. For families that have difficulty preparing lunch in the morning, especially when doctors and nurses need to work early morning shift or night shift, students will be provided with a packaged lunch each day. It is usually milk, fruit/veggies, a cookie and some main food item- like a sandwich, wrap, fish sticks or something with protein. Water bottles and juice in the original package can also be order online and be delivered to school. According to the hygiene instruction for handling food during Covid-19, we can put these drink outside the building for a few days before distribute them to students at school.
Richmond School District staff are delivering food to students who normally take part in the breakfast and lunch programs.
It is a priority for our school to support some of our students of essential workers who sacrifice their time and risk their live to continue working during these extraordinary times. The resumption of the lunch program is collaboration between the school, the parents association and the local business.