While the work stoppage is causing schools in West Virginia to close for the rest of the week, locals are coming together to make sure students are still taken care of.
In Berkeley and Jefferson County, schools are preparing additional foods for students to take home for the next two days .With the help of a local feeding ministry, Kidz Power Pacs were able to hand out what they are calling emergency packs, which includes twice the amount of meals for students to take home for the week.
“This will cover their breakfast and lunch and we went ahead and threw in their dinner which we normally wouldn’t do,” said Diana Wall, Founder and President of Kidz Power Pacs.
Between Tuesday and Wednesday the ministry delivered 10,800 meals and 1800 sides. The ministry is not state funded. They say a large of their work packing and assembling the foods comes with the help of the community. Local businesses nearby also did what they could to help.
“It’s just one small thing I can do so I just hope it helps,” said Regina Kerrigan, owner of Billie’s Cafe in Ranson.
For the first time, Billie’s Cafe will be preparing a free lunch of spaghetti and grilled cheese for Ranson Elementary Students on Thursday and Friday to show their support.
“I definitely value our teachers. Part of that is pay and insurance so I really support what they’re doing,” said Kerrigan.
Ranson Elementary, a Title 1 school with 370 students assists low income students. This help from the community and school officials to make sure students continue to be fed.
“So not being at school is going to be a little of a void for our students who are used to have all their meals provided by Ranson Elementary,” said Debra Corbett, Principal at Ranson Elementary.
Billie’s Cafe will be serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday and Friday to Ranson Elementary students.