YMCA taking over student meal distribution for SCS, district says

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shelby County Schools announced that the YMCA will take over meal distribution for students whose classes were canceled due to the coronavirus.

This comes after SCS superintendent Joris Ray announced the schools were indefinitely suspending all food sites for children after one of their nutritionists tested positive for the coronavirus.

“The Memphis community is strong,” Ray said. "Thank you to everyone for coming together in this time of need at Shelby County Schools. Our goal to eliminate hunger for children during this public health crisis has been met with a tremendous response from the community which is affirmation that WE ARE 901.“

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The meal distributions will continue at the 60+ community sites during the closure beginning Monday.

The Mid-South Food Bank stepped up to offer urgent food resources to families during the school closure at their mobile pantries around the city and county.

“As a community-based partner, we are thankful for the opportunity to do our part and respond to Dr. Ray’s call to help serve the immediate needs of our community, especially our children,” said Jerry Martin, President and CEO of The YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South. "We truly are grateful to collaborate with our partners at SCS to help feed our children.”

“We are honored to support our partners at SCS,” said Cathy Pope, Mid-South Food Bank President and CEO. “Our mobile food pantries will be going into the neighborhoods and distributing food, enough for 200 to 400 households at each location.”

Partnersupport@scsk12.org is the email they’re using to coordinate all offers.