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D. 202, Aramark serve 1.2 million free meals during pandemic

   District 202 and its food service provider Aramark have served more than 1.2 million free meals since school buildings were closed last spring.

Aramark and District 202 began serving weekly meals in mid-March.

As of last December 3, 2020, they had distributed 1,236,617 meals, said Tamara Castaneda, Aramark General Manager for the Central Region.

“We never imagined that we would serve over a million meals,” she said. “I am very proud of the team and the partnership we have with the district.”

District 202 and Aramark give out a free week’s worth of breakfast and lunches Thursdays at eight different schools.

The meals are paid for through the Summer Food Program run by the United State Department of Agriculture, said Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations Tony Arbogast.

District 202 and Aramark plan to offer the free meals through June 30, 2021.

The free meals also help families who may struggle to put food on their table during the pandemic, Arbogast said.

“That means that over 1 million times, someone did not worry about where their next meal for their child would come from or over a million times a student did not log into their class hungry,” Arbogast said.

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