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Memphis School District Suspends Food Distribution After Employee Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Shelby County Schools on Friday suspended its meal distribution program for students after an employee in its nutrition department tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Tennessee’s largest district serves 113,000 students, most of whom are low income, and had been ramping up to begin serving 15,000 meals a day beginning Monday. Due to the spread of COVID-19, schools that already were on spring break are closed through at least April 3.

The development means one of the nation’s most impoverished cities has lost the immediate aid of the institution best positioned to feed students amid a public health emergency.

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