Ritika Vonguru, Reporter

Amid the madness of Covid-19, Seminole County has made preparations to help those in need. Food shortages, safety concerns, and production halts have come to a serious concern as more workers in the food industry have tested positive for the virus. 

“I am anxious because I have not been grocery shopping in about 10 days and now I am out of everything,” explained teacher Leslie Padilla.

Many, like Padilla, are having trouble feeding their families as this global pandemic persists. 

Due to the epidemic’s toll, Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) are providing free student breakfast and lunch meals until April 30th. They have fourteen distribution sites at schools across Seminole County, including Sanford Middle School and on campus at Seminole High school. The sites and meals follow USDA guidelines. 

SCPS is always open for volunteers to help as many children in need as they can. Aside from these fourteen distribution sites, SCPS has designated several additional community meal stops with the help of Red Apple Dining and SCPS Transportation Services for those unable to access the original seven locations. 

“My family stocked up on a lot of groceries to prepare for self-isolation, and I am grateful for that; however, I cannot imagine what people who did not have that luxury are doing right now. My thoughts and prayers are with them,” voiced senior Tanmayee Kolli.

For those who are in a position to support, SCPS has a designated foundation to financially help families in need. They accept grocery gift cards, non-perishable foods, hygiene products, funds for food pantries, and other school supplies to help students with at-home learning. To donate, you can text SCPS to 243725 or donate to FIN online at

“I just hope everyone stays safe right now, we will get through this,” said Kolli.

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