(Posted March 18, 2020)
By Josephine Birdsell, staff writer
The Madison-Plains school district and Sufficient Grace are working to support food-insecure students during school closings related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Sufficient Grace, a local non-profit organization that provides food to school-age children, will provide two weeks’ worth of meals to students they currently serve. Madison-Plains leaders are working to implement additional measures.
“We absolutely want to support our families and help those who are food insecure,” said Chad Eisler, superintendent.
Forty percent of students in the district receive free or reduced lunches, marking them as potentially food insecure.
During the regular school year, Sufficient Grace provides dinner and weekend meals to 180 students in the Madison-Plains district, said Tracy Kronk of Sufficient Grace.
On March 20, the district will deliver food to households that currently receive support from Sufficient Grace.
After the two-week supply of food has ended, Sufficient Grace will reevaluate how best to support families in need, Kronk said.
“We are working to put a plan in place, and we are hopeful we will be able to support our community and students in need,” Eisler said.
The district is also working to devise additional programs. If those plan come together, further information will be forthcoming.
For up-to-date information on Madison-Plains’ food delivery programs, visit “Madison Plains Local School District” on FaceBook and Chad Eisler @Mr_Eisler on Twitter.