Since the pandemic started, D.C. Public Schools (DCPS), in collaboration with Martha’s Table and other community partners, has doled out 1.5 million meals and counting to District students who’ve been relegated to their houses.
Amid an ongoing heat wave, DCPS recently augmented this offering with free Uber rides for families traveling to and from eight free meal sites across the District.
Officials, community partners, and families marked the beginning of this special arrangement with an event at Ballou Senior High School, which serves as a grocery distribution site.
Ballou alumna and parent LaTonya Ames counted among those in the small group who converged on the Southeast school on Friday morning as DCPS Chancellor Lewis Ferebee and others marveled at squash, potatoes, tomatoes and other fresh produce.
“I’m a parent who feeds my kids like five or six times a day, but I was worried about other students. This is what I had been praying for: a program to help students,” said Ames, the mother of two Ballou students and two alumni.
Ames said she has often accompanied her children on trips to Ballou to pick up food, and participated in some food distribution activities. She expressed a desire to eventually
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