Supporting Our Community – Dukes Standing Tall
March 26th, 2020
The COVID-19 virus has caught nearly everyone by surprise.
From the schools that abruptly closed to the restaurants and businesses that shuttered their doors, no one is immune from the impact of the novel virus that has swept across the globe.
But with the help of some friends, and a hand from community partners, Duquesne City School District is keeping its students and their families fed and ready to learn.
Thanks to the United Way and Eat ‘n’ Park, Duquesne is adding an extra smile to its current ‘grab ‘n’ go’ lunch program. Starting on March 25, an extra 200 meals are now available to Duquesne City students, and their families, as schools remain closed to contain the spread of the novel COVID-19 virus.
“We are immensely grateful to our community partners Eat ‘n’ Park and the United Way for helping our students during this time when need is acutely felt,” said Sue Moyer, superintendent of Duquesne City School District. “We may be in unchartered waters but we know that we can pull together as a community and make sure that our families and students are supported.”
The idea to provide meals to school students took shape soon after state directives were issued to limit large gatherings and close sit down service in restaurants. Eat ‘n’ Park board member Brooks Broadhurst is a veteran of the food service industry who understands how current supply chains can be realigned to meet the COVID-19 crisis head on.
“Our current food pantries are already stressed and we wanted to build a model that can get food to where it’s needed most,” he said. “We thought how can we give back to the community that has supported us for so many years.”
This private-public partnership is just one way the Duquesne community is coming together to support each other in times of need. For more information about how the Duquesne City School District can help you, contact 412-466-9600.
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