GCPS Food & Nutrition Department Recipient of No Kid Hungry Maryland Certificate of Appreciation

Last Updated on May 12, 2022 at 2:20pm

The Garrett County Public Schools (GCPS) Food and Nutrition staff (FNS) were recently recognized by No Kid Hungry - Maryland for their hard work and dedication to the school system during the pandemic. From the closing of schools in March 2020 to the return of in-person learning on August 30, 2021, GCPS FNS served 1,325,103 meals through the Summer Food Service Program.
 
No Kid Hungry recognition certificate presented to GCPS
 
No Kid Hungry is a national campaign run by Share Our Strength, a nonprofit working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. No Kid Hungry works with schools as well as national and local agencies to implement policies surrounding afterschool, summer, and breakfast meal programs that help hungry kids gain access to nutritious meals. The Partnership to End Childhood Hunger in Maryland is co-lead by No Kid Hungry Maryland and the Governor’s Office.
 
The immediate responses of GCPS Food and Nutrition staff members to fill in where help was needed and provide food for families during COVID reflect the driving mission of GCPS FNS. Mr. Scott Germain, Supervisor of Food and Nutrition Services Department stated, “Without the help of the entire Food & Nutrition staff, we would never have been able to feed as many children as we did. During the pandemic, every time we went to the staff and asked if we could do more, they always stepped up and said yes.”
 
Mr. Germain also stated, “We also need to thank some important outside groups. The Local Management Board purchased a refrigerated trailer for us. The “It's in the Bag” volunteers helped us pack bags and are still helping. We had numerous volunteers help when we tried to deliver directly to the homes of students who could not get to us. Finally, a big thank you goes out to No Kid Hungry / Share our Strength as they awarded us over $180,000.00 in grants so we could purchase equipment to get out into the community and hand out all of those meals.” Mr. Germain also stated, “I am sorry if I am missing someone, so I want to thank anyone else who assisted. Everyone’s efforts were invaluable to ensuring so many children were fed.”
 
This certificate recognizes the commitment and determination shown to provide meals to the students and families of GCPS.
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