Dane County’s faculty districts noticed an analogous sample.
In Madison, the entire variety of meals served from March 2019 by way of February 2020 and in the identical interval a yr later dropped by greater than half from about 3.1 million to about 1.2 million.
In Verona, the district served about 388,000 breakfasts and lunches within the fall of 2019, however solely about 156,000 within the fall of 2020, and the Middleton-Cross Plains district went from about 61,000 meals per 30 days supplied by the district and its schooling basis pre-pandemic to about 16,000 per 30 days post-pandemic. In Solar Prairie, whole breakfasts and lunches supplied from September 2019 by way of January 2020 was 210,080, and through the identical interval a yr later, 187,080.
All of the districts made free meals out there at varied websites and instances for nearly everything of the time their faculties had been closed to in-person studying, and in some instances delivered meals on to college students’ properties.
“It was vital to our Board of Training members and our directors to make sure that college students had entry to nutritious meals no matter whether or not they had been studying nearly or in individual,” Verona spokesperson Raechelle Belli stated.
Why extra households — particularly lower-income households — didn’t decide up extra of these meals is unclear.
Anecdotally, some Middleton-Cross Plains households “indicated now that their kids had been studying from house, they didn’t want free meals” or that “the instances meals had been delivered weren’t handy as they didn’t need their kids to overlook instruction,” district spokesman Perry Hibner stated.