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Franklin schools working to ensure kids have access to meals

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Posted at 12:26 AM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 00:26:36-04

FRANKLIN — A new challenge for schools statewide as Gov. Eric Holcomb announced all schools statewide are closed until at least May 1 because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

With tens of thousands of kids out of school, there are efforts to make sure they'll still have access to meals.

Franklin Community Schools created a drive-thru at Northwood Elementary School. Each family can get two days worth of lunches for each child under the age of 18. The school system received a state waiver so any Franklin child in need of food could be fed. Usually such a food distribution could only benefit kids on free or reduced lunch.

"Oh, it's stressful especially helping the kids with their schooling and making sure they are fed properly," Krystine Kelly said. "The lunch ladies are doing an amazing job."

Melinda Patton is a self-proclaimed lunch lady. The mother of five is among many who made this work.

"It makes my heart full, I love it," Patton said. "I am blessed and proud."

Workers planned to feed about 800 kids on Thursday. The line resumes on Monday.

On Monday, kids will get a breakfast and a lunch. On Tuesday, students will take home four breakfast and four lunch meals.