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School district suspends meals program

The Tyrrell County Schools feeding program will be suspended during the school district’s Spring Break closure April 10-17, Superintendent Oliver Holley announced April 8.

Meal pickup will resume on Monday, April 20, he said.

“Additionally, our Food and Nutrition Department will be sending home additional meal items that can be consumed during this closure,” Holley added.

Myra Shoffner, district child nutrition director, said 514 breakfasts and an equal number of lunches were delivered Wednesday by school bus drivers and teacher assistants following the normal bus routes throughout the county.

For students who do not normally ride a bus to school — mostly town residents — a distribution site at Salem Baptist Church, at Scottsville and South Broad streets, is staffed by Laura Spencer. She usually distributes 25-30 meals per day, Shoffner said, but handed out 39 on Wednesday.

On Thursday, “shelf stable” breakfasts for six days were sent out to supplement students’ meals during the Spring Break period, she explained.

The school district’s nutrition staff comes to the high school cafeteria “faithfully, forgoing daily their own safety to provide for the children,” Shoffner added. The eight kitchen workers, plus drivers and teacher aides, are furnished masks, gloves and hand sanitizers, she said.

Kitchen staff are: Cathy Bailey, Gladys Brickhouse, Malika Fenner, Rose Hollis, Kimmy Respass, Pauline Spencer, Sonya Sykes, and Vera Sykes.