Galion Schools Food Service

Galion City Schools Food Service Director Lorie Pennington (pictured) provided a detailed overview and answered questions about the district's food service operations during the regular Board of Education meeting on Oct. 20.

GALION - The Galion City Schools Board of Education had the opportunity to learn about the district’s food service operations during its regular meeting on Oct. 20.

Food Service Director Lorie Pennington presented information about the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) food programs in schools, the district’s free breakfast and lunch programs, child nutrition waivers, and expected food service program changes in the district.

“We got exciting news from the USDA and Ohio Department of Education that free meals for all students was extended through June 30, 2021,” Pennington said. “This is wonderful because it ensures nutritious meals are available for all Galion students, regardless of their ability to pay.”

The Galion City Schools Food Service department has served 133,765 meals from March 2020, the time of the pandemic shutdown, to September 30, 2020. This includes five days of free breakfast and lunch meals for Galion Online Academy students since the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, as well as a free breakfast and lunch for every student during the remote learning Wednesdays. 

“Lorie and her staff do a wonderful job of making sure all Galion students have nutritious meals available every day,” Superintendent Jennifer Allerding said. “Our Food Service staff works hard every day and we are lucky to have them as part of the Tiger family.”

The board accepted generous donations from many community businesses and organizations for a variety of activities involving Galion students. One specific donation was from the Crawford County Commissioners.

“The Commissioners donated $6,300 from the Coronavirus Relief Funds to the district,” Allerding said. “We are using this donation to purchase 60 mobile internet hotspots, and accompanying data plans, for those students who are enrolled in the Galion Online Academy and are unable to obtain internet access to complete their schoolwork.”

The board approved all agenda items as presented. The next regular meeting of the Galion City Schools Board of Education will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Galion Middle School computer lab on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

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