Helping Schools Feed Children During Closures

Posted by Sarah SingerO

May 11, 2020

As schools across the country closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, school leaders quickly mobilized their meal programs to ensure children would stay fed. Before the outbreak, 22 million children relied on meals they receive at school, and with economic struggles worsening for many, all children having access to school meals becomes increasingly imperative. 

A 5 am phone call from a Louisiana state education leader, led Hoonuit to build and have a tool up and running within 24 hours that helps children and their families across the country locate the nearest school meal distribution site. Within days of the onset of school closures, over 25,000 users visited  

Fast forward to today – tens of thousands of families have benefitted from School Meal Finder. The tool is now populated with data for nearly 30,000 distribution sites, including every pickup location across seven states and local district data in eight others. School nutrition workers, educators, and volunteers don’t wear capes but are heroes nonetheless. Here’s what you’ve accomplished by the numbers: 

Since the onset of statewide closures in Louisiana, 1.7 million meals have been served within the New Orleans metro area.

On average, Tennessee is providing over 1.5 million meals per week to children.

In Texas, 40,000 users have located one of 5,000 meal distribution sites on School Meal Finder.

Each week, South Carolina schools have served an average of over 1 million meals to students in need.

Virginia schools are serving an average of 225,000 meals per day.

Thank you to those ensuring the basic needs of students are met. We are here to work with you to find solutions to the new challenges you are facing. If we can be of help, please reach outLearn more about other resources we are currently offering that can support your schools, educators, and students and benefit your community in the immediate term.  

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