Free food for Papillion La Vista Community Schools students

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LA VISTA, Neb. (WOWT) -- La Vista Middle School food service workers were busy Monday morning packing up breakfast and lunch for students of Papillion La Vista Community Schools.

Food service workers prepare free food for PLCS students.

Brian Zimmerman was the first in line to pick up meals for his daughter.

“It’s probably the best thing that they can do for the families that are now in need," he said. "It’s smart seeming as how there’s lot of families who are now on a tighter budget. I’m one of them.”

PLCS Superintendent Dr. Andy Rikli knows there are students in his district who are food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal will come from.

“We know that our schools are hubs and services for so many students and families and central to that is feeding. So one of the things we’re trying to fill that need with both breakfast and lunch for students and families who may be struggling right now,” he said.

6 News talked to several parents waiting in line to pick up food Monday morning. All were grateful for the feeding initiative and thanked the district for joining the effort.

"I have 4 kids. I just want to say thank you to the district for providing this for us," said Michael Kelly. "it's going to be a great help for us."

“I think it’s good," said Lisa Logue. "It helps when you don’t usually feed them lunch and breakfast when they’re at home because they’re at school. I’ll be coming every week.”

Free meal info

Families can pick them up from La Vista Middle School and at Golden Hills Elementary School from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. every Monday. [MAP]

Papillion-La Vista Community Schools said in a news release last week that the district will provide a week's worth of grab-and-go breakfast and lunch for any student age 18 or younger.

Other programs in the Metro are coordinating efforts to feed students in lieu of meals missed as schools close because of coronavirus. The Mobile BackPack program on Friday delivered free meals to sites across Omaha and Council Bluffs for students who are out of school due to the COVID-19 threat.