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Fairbanks school district distributes food to students in need

 Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Nutrition Services employees distributed food to students in need at Salcha Elementary School during the school closure. (Sara Tewksbury/KTVF)
Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Nutrition Services employees distributed food to students in need at Salcha Elementary School during the school closure. (Sara Tewksbury/KTVF) (KTVF)
Published: Mar. 19, 2020 at 8:53 AM AKDT
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During the school closure, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is working to continue feeding students in need. Through a federally funded program, the school district is providing breakfast and lunch at many locations throughout the borough.

The meals are free for all students, and they can take a breakfast or lunch. They can also choose to take only one of the options. The meals are distributed out of yellow school buses, so the school district says families looking for meals for their children can look out for parked yellow school buses.

The meal consist of an entrée, fruit or vegetable, and milk. Distribution started on Wednesday and one of the locations serving food was Salcha Elementary School. Tori Brannan, principal of Salcha Elementary School, says they also had bags to with some entertainment activities to do at home.

“Full of books and activities that students can do at home. Each school is putting together packs like this as well as online engagement activities, it’s not required for them to do but it is encouraged and something that families can do together during this time,” said Brannan.

Brannan had a message for her students, “We miss you, the halls are very lonely right now, we miss you tons but we hope that you are reading, reading, reading and writing, writing, writing.”

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