Don’t be surprised when you see our military on the front lines of Cape Girardeau Public Schools’ (CGPS) food distribution service.
As CGPS continues to serve meals to children during the statewide school closure, the District will receive support from the Missouri National Guard to help, thanks to a partnership through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
CGPS has been serving meals at each of its five elementary schools while the District remains closed as a precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the help of a number of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers, the District has served more than 70,000 meals to kids since March 18, 2020. Members of the National Guard will report for duty at CGPS Monday, April 27 and will be providing relief to current volunteers through May 21.
“We are thankful to the National Guard for helping us continue to fight childhood hunger,” said Dr. Neil Glass, CGPS Superintendent. “Many families in the Cape community and across the nation are depending on public school districts to continue providing nourishing meals to children during the pandemic. We’re thankful that our state leaders recognized the value in providing us support to help continue this service. This allows us to give our volunteers a well-deserved break.”