Demand Exhausts Free Pottsgrove Boxed Food Supply

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – A limited supply of boxed fresh-and-free foods from a Philadelphia-based non-profit supplier, and an apparently overwhelming and unexpected response from Pottsgrove School District residents, caused the district to exhaust its allotment Monday (Sept. 28, 2020) of items donated by the Share Food Program.

It also taxed the number of packaged breakfasts and lunches distributed later Monday evening by the district itself, Pottsgrove reported in what it said was a message to families regarding this week’s food distribution program.

On the first day of every school week, at least through December, Pottsgrove is allowing all district families with students age 18 and younger to pick-up pre-packaged meals for their consumption. The meals are subsidized by federal and state funding. For Monday’s distribution, Pottsgrove this week also received more than 200 boxes from Share Food, each packed with vegetables, dairy items, and protein. They were announced to be available to any district families.

The boxes were gone in a relative flash, the district indicated.

Due to overwhelming demand at this mornings food distribution program, we are completely out of the Food Share boxes. We still have limited supplies for our lunch / breakfasts. We will be tripling our numbers for next week. Thanks for your understanding.— Pottsgrove SD (@pgsdfalcons) September 28, 2020

As a result, Pottsgrove reported it intends to ask Share Food for a larger allotment next week if available. As for the supply of its own meals packages, “we will be tripling our numbers for next week,” it said during the afternoon on its Twitter account (above), and added, “thanks for your understanding.”

Tweet from the Pottsgrove SD account; top photo by The Post