YMCA AND SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOLS EXPAND PARTNERSHIP TO SERVE OVER 60,000 MEALS PER DAY FOR THE SUMMER

June 3, 2020
by YMCA Memphis & the Mid-South

Under the leadership of Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray and his commitment to eliminating hunger for the students of Shelby County Schools, the YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South and SCS are expanding their partnership. Back in March, the YMCA stepped in to provide meals for students on behalf of SCS when they had an unexpected closure due to COVID-19, but the Central Nutrition Center is now reopening after implementing new and strengthened safety procedures. This partnership will bring together the strengths of both organizations with the goal of serving over 60,000 meals per day to children in Shelby County throughout the summer.

The YMCA will continue providing meals at the current community meals sites and collectively the YMCA and SCS will provide meals to additional meal sites. The Summer Food Program will begin on June 8, 2020 and will continue throughout the summer and pandemic.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND CHURCHES TO SERVE AS MEAL SITES

The summer meal program traditionally provided by Shelby County Schools will be very different this year due to the overwhelming decrease in summer programming for children. Without the operation of the traditional summer camps and summer programs, the YMCA and SCS need the community’s help to reach children in the communities where they live by becoming community meal sites.

Become a Meal Site

MEALS FOR CHILDCARE PROVIDERS AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Many childcare providers and community organizations are serving children in these challenging times.  The Y is providing meals to new and traditional sites that would have traditionally been served by SCS. 

Become a Summer Food Program Site

STRENGTHENED SAFETY PROTOCOLS AT THE SCS CNC

As the new Shelby County Schools Re-Entry Task Force works to develop protocols for students to return to school, the District’s Nutrition Services team has rolled out new and strengthened safety procedures at the Central Nutrition Center (CNC) following the positive test of an administrative employee on March 20.

After the positive test, SCS Nutrition Services and Facilities teams immediately halted food service operations and began the process of sanitizing the facility. Since that time, the teams have worked diligently to implement new and enhanced protocols for the CNC's Standard Operating Procedures. 

With new protocols and ongoing training plans for staff in place, SCS is reopening the CNC to participate in the annual Summer Food Service Program through this expanded partnership with the YMCA.

The New Protocols Include:

  •         Wearing a mask and checking staff temperatures as recommended
  •         Washing hands regularly
  •         Practicing social distancing, including floor markings throughout the facility
  •         Staying at home if displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness
  •         Additional signage posted throughout the facility with reminders about required
            hand-washing and face masks

The CNC will also conduct additional employee training's on:

  •         Proper hand-washing techniques

  •         Best practices for wearing a face mask

  •         Complying to social distancing guidelines

  •         Cleaning vs. sanitizing

 

VOLUNTEER FOR THE SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM