Durant ISD giving out thousands of meals for their students

Published: Apr. 13, 2020 at 7:47 PM CDT
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Lizbeth Donley swung by Durant High School Monday morning to get several meals for more than just her own two children.

"I'm coming to pick up for our community that we live in, most of the parents aren't able to leave, they aren't able to come so I felt the need to help them," said Donley.

Durant ISD is giving out breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as parents can get enough food for two days on Mondays, and then food for three days on Wednesdays.

Food Services Director for the school district David Wagner said 600 cases of food are shipped to them every week.

"Right now, we're feeding this set of meals in the nine areas we have around town. We're feeding about 10,000 meals today, and on Wednesday we'll feed about 12,000 (meals)," said Wagner.

Wagner said pending approval from the state and the USDA, they want to give out meals over the summer too, after the school year officially ends.

"I think its probably one of the most important things right now. It helps our community come together, you see a lot of cars here. You see folks trying to support you, I think its important we're visible and people know they have a support structure and support system," said Wagner.

Donley says she wants to do her part to make sure kids stay healthy, even when the coronavirus is keeping them out of school.

"I try to volunteer and do a lot of work. So it means a lot to me to be able to extend my love for other people besides what I have," said Donley.

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