Denver Public Schools keeps students fed during remote learning

Buses deliver breakfast, lunch around city while schools are closed

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Though students aren't physically going to school right now, Denver Public Schools' yellow buses can still be seen serving young people around town.

But the buses aren't filled with kids — they're filled with food.

To help fill a need of providing food to children and families while schools have shifted to online learning because of COVID-19, DPS launched delivery of breakfast and lunch in early April. The service will continue until the end of the school year.

The district's bus drivers take volunteers — who normally serve DPS as school lunch staffers — out for a few hours every Monday through Friday to all quadrants of Denver. In total, split among various routes, the school buses make about 35 stops, and stay at each one for about 20 or 30 minutes.

Meals change every day, but generally include a variety of healthy foods, such as milk, fruit, sandwiches, juice, bagels and vegetables. On Fridays, families are able to pick up breakfasts and lunches for the weekends.

This delivery service is in addition to DPS' grab-and-go distribution, which includes 25 sites across the school district.

To learn more about DPS' food distribution programs, visit www.dpsk12.org/coronavirus/food-distribution.

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