• News Release: Interim CEO Goldson Announces New Fund to Cover Student Meal Fees

    News Release: Interim CEO Goldson Announces New Fund to Cover Student Meal Fees

    January 10, 2019
    For Immediate Release
    CONTACT:
    Office of Communications
    301-952-6001

    UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — Today, Dr. Monica Goldson, Interim Chief Executive Officer, announced a new fund to support Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) students who need a hot meal during the federal government shutdown and beyond.


    The 10,000 Meals Challenge fund, established through the nonprofit Excellence in Education Foundation for PGCPS, will allow community members to assist in covering student meal fees. The issue has been a major topic of discussion and concern with the continuing federal government shutdown.


    Earlier this week, at the request of the Board of Education, the school system examined a proposal to provide free meals to all students impacted. On Monday, Dr. Goldson announced the system would cover hot meal costs through Friday.


    “With each passing day, the shutdown creates more uncertainty for families across Prince George’s County. While the shutdown may have sparked this conversation, the reality is that school meal debt remains a challenge for students, families and schools,” said Dr. Goldson. “Students, school needs and their communities are at the core of our decision-making. I am grateful for our community partners and their continued commitment to our students. Together, we are making Prince George’s County Public Schools a model for caring throughout the region and one we can all be proud of.”


    The new fund aims to cover the cost of 10,000 meals, ensuring that every child who needs a hot meal receives one. NAI Michael, Old Line Bank, Lanier Electronics and Educational Systems Federal Credit Union have donated $15,000 towards the initiative, which will pay for more than 5,000 meals. Daily school breakfasts cost $1.60; school lunches run between $2.75 and $3 daily.


    Donations will be distributed to schools with the greatest demonstrated need.  To donate, visit www.pgcps.org and click the 10,000 Meals Challenge button.


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    About PGCPS: Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 207 schools and centers, more than 134,000 students and 22,000 employees. Under the leadership of Dr. Monica Goldson, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for college and career-readiness programs that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including dual enrollment and language immersion.