"Out of the 40,000 students in the Aurora Public School district, 70% are on free or reduced lunch. That need didn’t disappear while lunchrooms sat empty most of the year. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased food insecurity in the city.
APS expanded its reach Wednesday, allowing anyone in the community to have a Thanksgiving meal.
'We believe that this is a necessity. Feeding kids a healthy breakfast and lunch is what helps them be the best version of themselves in a classroom,' said Shannon Solomon, Director of Nutrition Services at APS. 'They need their tummies not to be rumbling so they can focus on an education and that’s a severe need.'
APS Nutrition Services team has served 3.4 million free meals to children and adults in the Aurora community since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March."