Funds Used to Purchase Additional PPE and Meal Packaging Materials at 37 Campuses
ELK GROVE, Calif. – September 17, 2020 – The Elk Grove Unified School District’s (EGUSD) Department of Food and Nutrition Services received an $86,889 grant to continue its dedication to provide nutritious and well-balanced meals to students during the pandemic. As part of Safeway Foundation’s Nourishing Neighbors” program, this grant helped EGUSD purchase additional Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and packaging solutions for the campuses providing curb-side meals during distance learning.
Food and Nutrition Services Director, Michelle Drake, said, “I believe the phrase, ‘It takes a village to raise a child,’ has never been more accurate than during this calendar year. Since day one, Elk Grove Unified made a commitment to provide healthy meals to our families while our campuses were closed, and with the generous support from partners, we continued to provide meals to our students safely. We’re grateful for Safeway and Safeway Foundation for stepping up to help us meet the needs of our communities and keep everyone safe.”
Wendy Gutshall, Public Affairs Director for Safeway, said, “A child’s focus should be on learning, discovering and having fun, not whether they will be able to have breakfast or lunch today. We’re proud to support Elk Grove Unified and its schools who are leaning in further during the pandemic to help their students.”
EGUSD used proceeds from the grant at 37 schools currently providing curb-side meal service to purchase additional PPE equipment for employees as well as purchase additional meal packaging materials. Safeway’s Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Initiative was established to help local families impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.
About the Elk Grove Unified School District
The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day to Prepare College, Career and Life Ready Graduates.