Lexington-Richland School District Five’s Student Nutrition Department has received grants from the nonprofit GENYOUth to help provide resources for meal distribution and delivery efforts to get food to students during COVID-19.

School District Five received a $2,000 grant for Seven Oaks Elementary School MEDIA Magnet and a $2,000 grant for Harbison West Elementary School to buy heavy duty insulated coolers. The coolers will be used to transport individually packaged, to-go breakfast and lunch meals to students who cannot access the school’s feeding sites.

During the state-mandated closure of schools, the district’s feeding sites are currently open every Monday from 11:30 am to 1 pm for students to pick up 7 days-worth of lunches and 5 days-worth of breakfast.

“Some of our students do not have transportation to our meal distribution sites, so district bus drivers are delivering their meals to their homes,” said Todd Bedenbaugh, Director of Student Nutrition.  “We are very excited to receive these funds because it allows us to purchase these insulated coolers which are needed to safely transport these meals by maintaining appropriate storage temperatures.”

GENYOUth was founded through a public-private partnership with the National Dairy Council (NDC) and the National Football League (NFL) committed to child health and wellness. Their mission is to nurture children’s health and wellness in the school environment and surrounding community by raising funds, uniting partners with shared goals and empowering youth to own change. Learn more about GENYOUth.