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Kentucky School District Offers Meals Amid School Closures

Hours into the first day of a statewide school closure, around what should have been lunchtime, Rangeland Elementary’s cafeteria sat quiet and empty. 

Instead, the Newburg school’s cafeteria manager, Boyd Rouse, stood watch outside as a trickle of families showed up to grab meals to eat at home. 

By noon, Rouse and a few others had handed out about 30 lunches to students who either walked or drove with their families to the school. Some of the kids grabbed breakfasts, too.

Similar scenes played out across Jefferson County, as Kentucky’s largest school district works to ensure its students, many of whom live in poverty, do not go without the meals many rely on during a weekslong closure. 

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