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March 22, 2020

Schools’ “grab-and-go” meals start Monday

Crisis brings out the best and worst in people. What we see right now is the best in our community. Scores of people are reaching out to me directly wanting to help, wanting to make sure that kids continue to receive healthy meals.
— Superintendent David Jeck
Beginning Monday, Fauquier County Public Schools will provide “grab-and-go” meals for its needy students three days per week through April 8.

Eligible public school students on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays will be given two bags of food that contain breakfast and lunch, Public Information Officer Tara Helkowski said in a press release.

Full participation in the program will provide students up to six breakfast and lunch meals per week.

The program, which will provide food to students who depend on the school nutrition program for meals, intends to extend the reach of existing programs such as the “Weekend Power Pack” through Fauquier FISH, Ms. Helkowski said.

Only students enrolled in Fauquier public schools may participate in the program. Meals will be distributed at two sites:

• Fauquier High School, 705 Waterloo Road, Warrenton. Follow student drop off/pick up signs.

• Grace Miller Elementary School, 6248 Catlett Road, Bealeton. Follow signs to the bus loop.

Volunteers in safety vests will help to guide drivers. 

Meals will be distributed from 10:30 a.m. until noon on the following days:

• Monday, March 23.

• Wednesday, March 25.

• Friday, March 27.

• Monday, March 30.

• Wednesday, April 1.

• Friday, April 3.

• Monday, April 6.

• Wednesday, April 8.

Drivers should be prepared to state the child’s school and lunch number, if possible. Drivers and passengers should remain in their vehicles at all times for the safety of students, parents and volunteers.  
The grab-and-go meal program represents a partnership among the school system’s administration, nutrition workers, school security officers and the Fauquier sheriff’s office, Mrs. Helkowski said. 

“Crisis brings out the best and worst in people. What we see right now is the best in our community,” school Superintendent David Jeck said. “Scores of people are reaching out to me directly wanting to help, wanting to make sure that kids continue to receive healthy meals. It says so much about our community that people are willing to volunteer their time and risk their own health in order to help others.”

Thanks to the PATH Foundation and many community and faith-based organizations, other feeding services, such as Fauquier FISH’s Weekend Backpack program, will continue to provide meals to students in need, according to Ms. Helkowski.

Once the school system announced the extended school closure, Fauquier FISH mobilized its volunteers to assemble bags of food for distribution at five locations throughout the county, she added.

“I think one day we’ll look back on this and conclude that we knew who our neighbors were,” said Dr. Jeck said. “We saw that they were in need, and we stepped up and helped. I think that is the ultimate demonstration of what lies deep inside each of us. We are all vulnerable human beings who must care for each other.”
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PabloCruz · March 23, 2020 at 11:02 am
Please call or visit your doctor for any consultation, medical advice, or treatment. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.
BestKeptSecrets · March 22, 2020 at 4:36 pm
If families are struggling financially, please call 211. This is United Way and they have resources available within your community.
If you or your child(ren) get sick, please push fluids. Popsicles, jello, juices. Ask you neighbors to help. There are good people every where. Just ask. Your electric company and water company may give you a reduced rate or write off. Supplement your food at the food bank too.

If your child develops a fever, give tylenol but also put a wet wash cloth to their head and neck and feet. Have them blow balloons, blow into straws and take deep breaths to help pop their aveloi(grapes) in their lungs. Pat on their backs to also pop open the grapes. If they are nauseous, you can get an antiemetic at walgreens or CVS. This will help prevent nausea and hence they will drink more. DOn't give them a cough suppressant but an expectorant. If your doctor prescribes a cough medicine, ask why?? Coughing helps pop open their aveloi which is their gas exchange. Drinking fluids help thin secretions to prevent coughing. This is the time for you to help fight off this illness. They deserve the best care and you deserve a health care provider who educates or calls you back (page them during off hours). God bless you and your little ones.
EducationNow · March 22, 2020 at 9:21 am
I find the word "needy" to describe those that are and will be affected by this crisis a strange choice. Some families will be without due to lay-offs and closures. The food buying panic and hoarding continues. I hope no parent feels ANY sense of shame providing what their child needs at this time.
badelectronics · March 22, 2020 at 8:39 am
Excellent news. Keep up the great work!!!
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