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Leon County Schools delivers meals to students outside pick-up areas

Posted at 6:05 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 18:05:19-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Not all of Leon County Schools' students or parents can make it to the food pick-up sites, so the school district started taking the meals to them.

Thousands of students in Leon County depend on the meals they get at school.

With those doors shut, Leon County Schools is going into the community to ensure children continue to be fed.

Parents at the Glen Oaks Apartments thanked superintendent Rocky Hanna for handing out breakfast and lunch in their parking lot.

A gesture Hanna says he's happy to do.

"I didn't know what was going on at all," said Alexis Hughes.

A school bus full of food isn't what Hughes expected to see in front of her apartment.

"Y'all being here helps a lot," Hughes said.

Hughes has younger siblings still in grade school, and says it's been tough to keep them fed during this pandemic.

"Some people like us, we just got our food today," said Hughes. "People go without food. With everything shut down, it's hard to get money for food."

She and plenty of other families at the Glen Oaks Apartments in Tallahassee got the chance to feed the kids breakfast and lunch, thanks to Leon County Schools.

"There's literally hundreds of children in this complex, and its a ways for them to get to Apalachee or Fairfax," said Rocky Hanna.

In just two and a half weeks, Leon County Schools gave out 63,000 meals, helping families like those at Glen Oaks.

"This is a good neighborhood to come to," Hughes said. "It's a lot of kids. A lot of section 8 out here."

Tiffany Dawkins works at Glen Oaks Apartments and sees firsthand how the delivery is changing the lives of the tenants.

"A lot of parents have adapted and adjusted to their kids getting fed twice a day, and only having to feed once," said Dawkins.

It's a simple gestures that means the world to families across town.

Hanna plans to add three more community sites to the food giveaways next week.