MURFREESBORO – With schools being closed this week due to bad weather, some Murfreesboro City Schools students were able to get emergency food supplies to take home.
Greg Lyles, the distict’s community initiatives coordinator, said that while there had been no specific requests from parents, staff did distribute 40 bags of food to the Extended School Program sites that were open Friday.
“On days like we’ve had this week and for any extended break, we always have food available for families at ESP. Any family that needs it, even if they’re not considered homeless, can ask for it,” Lyles said.
The district has partnered with Club Y.E.S., a non-profit organization that assists homeless families, he added.
“Club Y.E.S. delivered the food. We’ve got a good system in place for times like these,” Lyles said.
Kim Snell, who oversees Rutherford County Schools’ program for homeless and migrant students, said families are referred to community agencies, such as Greenhouse Ministries, Way of Hope and Coldest Nights, when schools are not in session.
Combined, the districts serve approximately 1,000 homeless students.
“Most of our students who are homeless, I’d say 75 to 80 percent of them, are living with other families, so they’re not out in the cold,” Snell said, adding that she has not heard from principals or any of the district’s social workers regarding families who may be in need.
The district does provide weekend food bags from Second Harvest when schools are open.
“Our weekend food boxes were due Wednesday for Second Harvest, but those go out directly through the schools,” Snell said.