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Thousands of volunteers mobilize to help Richmond families, students

Volunteers, RPS employees have helped distribute nearly 250,000 meals
Posted at 7:07 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 19:08:56-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Over the past month, more than 2,300 volunteers have mobilized to help Richmond families and Richmond Public School (RPS) students facing economic difficulties, especially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Friday, several families stopped by Carver Elementary School, one of the school-based distribution sites, to receive meals, school learning packets and donated books.

Since March 16, volunteers and RPS employees have helped prepare and distribute nearly 250,000 meals to RPS families. Volunteers through For Richmond Collaborating with RPS, have also been collecting new and gently used books, along with diapers and baby formula.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Richmond Public Schools says the district has remained committed to ensuring that all students and families have access to meals during school closures. In addition to the school-based distribution sites, RPS has also added new grab-and go meal sites around the city. Buses are arriving at 40 designated locations for 30 minutes to help distribute the meals.

Click here for a list of all school-distribution and bus stop sites on the RPS website.