Emergency Meals-to-You food program approved for kids

Published: Mar. 27, 2020 at 10:14 PM CDT
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Emergency Meals-to-You -- a program aimed at delivering 1,000,000 meals per week to rural school children at schools currently closed due to the coronavirus -- was praised by President Donald Trump Friday at the White House.

The Baylor University Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty teamed up with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, McLane Global and PepsiCo on March 17.

"School districts can apply to be a part of the program," Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty executive director Jeremy Everett said. "Once their applications are vetted and approved, then each individual family has to actually apply to be a part of the program."

"Because of this USDA program, McLane Global will source, secure, receive, organize, assemble, package, label and then deliver boxes straight to a child's home," McLane Global Chairman Denton McLane said.

The meal kits will be mailed by either UPS or the United States Postal Service.

Family enrollment will last about a week, and boxes of food would be delivered in approximately two weeks after approval.

To find out if your school or district is eligible,