By Kara Baskin on September 29, 2020
Roxbury’s Bridge Boston Charter School delivers meals to students learning remotely, and they’re not your stereotypical school lunches.
It’s hard enough to manage remote learning, Zoom calls, Google classroom, and online glitches for any stressed-out kid. It’s even tougher when you’re hungry.
One in five children in Eastern Massachusetts experiences food insecurity, according to Feeding America. Many of those children rely on free or reduced-price school meals. When school isn’t in session, reliable sources of nutrition are even harder to come by.
As such, Roxbury’s Bridge Boston Charter School kicked off the school year with an innovative plan: launch a food truck and invite families to sign up for free personal deliveries, prepared by food service director Guy Koppe, an alum of Cambridge’s Harvest and Rialto restaurants.
“Parents, at least during COVID, are working two or three jobs to compensate and to make sure their household is running. Some lost their jobs during COVID. This is one less thing a parent has to worry about,” says Craig Martin, Bridge’s executive director.