PSS suspends meal distribution on Saipan, Tinian

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AS part of the precautionary measures to protect its staff members, vendors, and the children, the Public School System will suspend the distribution of meals to students on Saipan and Tinian starting today, Tuesday.

But the “Grab & Go Meal Distribution” program will remain operational on Rota until schools re-open, PSS said on Sunday evening.

Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada said the decision was made after the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force announced two confirmed Covid-19 cases on Saipan.

The meal distribution program was first suspended on March 16 after principals and teachers agreed not to serve meals to the children until PSS had identified safe sites and established safety procedures.

When the program resumed on March 25 at 13 public school sites, more than 8,000 meal sets — breakfast, lunch, and snacks — were distributed.

In his report to the Bureau of Education members, Ada said they were able to deliver a total of 24,000 meals on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

In suspending the program, PSS said: “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.”

For more information, call the PSS-Child Nutrition Program at 664-3901/3902.

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