To ramp up food distribution for children who need it this summer, Shelby County Schools is resuming meal preparation with help from the YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South.
The YMCA took over food distribution in March after a Shelby County Schools nutrition services employee contracted COVID-19.
Shelby County Schools will resume food preparation starting July 1 and YMCA will help the district add new distribution sites and recruit volunteers to meet the heightened demand. They hope to distribute 60,000 meals per day up from 15,000, according to a district announcement Wednesday.
Through June, the YMCA will continue distributing meals at its more than 60 sites across the city through Chartwells, the food vendor and caterer for the University of Memphis. YMCA officials say they have seen a steady increase in demand for food as unemployment rises during the pandemic.
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