Share Food Program Joins Pottsgrove Meals Distribution Monday
LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Monday’s (Sept. 28, 2020) distribution of meals for students of families in need within the Pottsgrove School District will be accompanied by an added bonus: boxes of fresh produce, dairy items, and protein collected from regional farmers and retailers and being offered for free to any district resident while supplies last, school administrators reported.
Besides its allotment of federal government-paid breakfasts and lunches regularly picked up for students under age 18, Pottsgrove this week also is stocked with food provided by the Philadelphia-based non-profit Share food program. Each of its boxes, for which any district family is eligible, will be packed with 12 pounds of produce, five pounds of dairy goods, and five pounds of protein.
As with the student meals packages, the Share boxes can be picked up Monday – the first day of the school week – from outside either the Lower Pottsgrove building on Buchert Road, or the West Pottsgrove building on Grosstown Road. Both will operate during two separate time periods: 10 a.m. to noon, and 6-7:30 p.m.
The Share website stated it “started in 1986 as a food co-op for communities in need of access to low-cost food in Philadelphia. Since 1991 (it has) been a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to getting food to vulnerable neighbors in need throughout the city, and beyond its borders.” Share adds it “distributes food to 700,000 neighbors in need each month, 36 percent of whom are children, and 12 percent of whom are seniors.”
Drivers of all vehicles proceeding through distribution lanes must ensure either their trunk is unlatched or the rear of the vehicle is accessible. Food handlers will place all provisions in either space. Unable to open your trunk or unlatch a rear door? You’ll be asked to move ahead to a separate self-serve area and pick up items there. The practice ensures the district complies with proper social distancing.
Distribution at both schools is being managed by Chartwells, the district food services vendor. During the first two weeks of September, according to district figures, roughly 3,000 meals were being received weekly by district students. Morning distributions are more popular than those in the evenings, they also indicate, although dozens of families are rely on evening hours.
Photos by The Post of the Sept. 14 food distribution at Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School