Employees of Palatine School District 15 in Chicago’s northern suburbs said they had successfully delivered more than 1,000 meals to students in the area on Monday, March 16, as Illinois schools closed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Governor JB Pritzker announced on Friday that schools in the state must be closed by Tuesday, March 17, through Monday, March 30, adding that the state’s education board would “distribute two meals a day to children who qualify for free and reduced lunch.” Chicago Public Schools would also provide free food to any child, “no questions asked,” between 9 am and 1 pm from Tuesday onwards, Pritzker said.
Schools in Palatine School District 15, however, were closed as of Monday. Spokeswoman Morgan Delack, who shared this video, told Storyful that around 30 percent of the students in the district were low-income, and were reliant on school meals. Catering staff prepared packed meals, and school bus drivers delivered them to designated collection points where students picked them up, Delack said. Credit: Palatine School District 15 via Storyful