SAN ANGELO, Texas — San Angelo schools have never had to prepare and deliver curbside meals, but you wouldn't have been able to guess that if you saw the work done by volunteers at Robert E. Lee Middle School Tuesday.
In the first 30 minutes of lunch service, the volunteers at Lee had already served a warm meal to 41 students.
"I think there's a lot of children out there who wouldn't get breakfast or lunch if we weren't out here. If they have to come to school to get it, we know they're not getting it at home. So, bless their heart, let them come here. We want to feed them, every one of them," Cindy Gilbert, Central High School cafeteria manager, said.
Gilbert is one of 25 San Angelo Independent School District employees who volunteered to hand out meals to students.
"A lot of us volunteered because we wanted to. It just warms my heart to know that kids are going to get fed," a teary-eyed Gilbert said.
Gilbert added that the volunteers preparing and delivering meals are doing so with much precaution.
"Everything is sanitized in the kitchen, we wear gloves for everything and change them often. We sanitize as we go, including the wash of fruits and vegetables," she said.
All of the schools that are a part of the San Angelo Independent School District will be serving breakfast from 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m.-noon every day this week. Volunteers at Lee Middle School said that if something changes and school moves online for the remainder of the year, there is plan to serve meals during that time, if resources are available.