‘We’re Gonna Make It Work’: Pittsburgh Public Schools Workers Keep Feeding Hungry Students During Pandemic
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Kids sat in the cafeteria at Pittsburgh Langley this summer, relishing the last few days of camp and enjoying lunch with their friends. For some, a sandwich is more than just lunch.
“Sometimes it might be the only meal that students might actually get during the day or the evening,” said Tiffany Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick has worked in food services for eight years for Pittsburgh Public Schools. She’s part of a team of people that provide breakfast to some 14,000 students and more than 19,000 lunches.
Of course, things changed last school year.
“It was a little challenging at times because we didn’t know what we were expecting,” said Fitzpatrick.
But they had to keep the food coming, knowing how important each meal is to the kids.
“There were parents that reached out to me and said, ‘I can’t get out of my house to get the grab-and-go meals. What can you do to help me out?'” said Pittsburgh Public Schools Director of Food Service Curtistine Walker.
Walker says staff went above and beyond to make sure meals got to the homes that needed them.
“The principals helped out if it was a student in their particular school. And then also there were community groups that said, ‘hey, we’ll deliver for you,'” said Walker.