PSS suspends meal distribution


The Public School System has suspended all meal distributions under its Grab & Go Meal Distribution program until further notice because they lack the manpower to continue due to the recent announcement of COVID-19 cases in the CNMI.

According to Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada, many of the volunteers who were helping out during the last three days of meal distribution no longer want to volunteer because they are afraid. This follows the announcement last Saturday of two positive COVID-19 cases in the CNMI.

“Some of the workers are afraid to come out and continue distributing food to the public. We took that into consideration and it has created a shortage in manpower,” he said.

Ada said the Grab & Go program will be discontinued until further notice for all distribution sites, including Tinian and Rota.

The Grab & Go Meal Distribution started with 8,000 meal sets or 24,000 meals last Wednesday and delivered 30,000 meals yesterday.

A mother of three finds it saddening because many, like her, have lost their jobs and the meal distribution was a big help since it lessened her stress of thinking of how to feed her children. She understands the situation, though, since those who distributed the food have loved ones too and should also take precautionary measures.

In a public announcement, PSS said it is taking extra precautionary steps to protect its staff and vendors following the confirmation of two positive COVID-19 cases in the CNMI.

“We are doing our part for the community and now it’s time for the community to respect our desire to protect ourselves and our families,” PSS stated.

Should you have any questions, contact that Child Nutrition Program at (670) 664-3901/3902.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
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