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Community partners working together to get meals to schoolchildren

Connecting Kids to Meals is establishing 15 meal sites across Lucas County, and will distribute 12,000 weekend snack bags.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Given recent school closures across northwest Ohio due to COVID-19, community partners in the region have come together to support school-age-children seeking food.

Connecting Kids to Meals (CKTM) is setting up 15 meal sites across Lucas County, and will distribute 12,000 weekend snack bags.


As previously announced: Toledo Public Schools also will serving Grab and Go meals to students out of eight school-locations. Parents and guardians can reserve a meal at a school by calling or texting United Way 211. Additionally, if a parent is in closer proximity to a CKTM serving site, they can reserve a meal at one of those 15 locations. 

If a parent or guardian cannot physically access one of the eight schools or one of the 15 CKTM sites, they will be given a private, “emergency” food number to call. At that number, they will leave a message and TPS representatives will coordinate home-food-delivery.

United Way of Greater Toledo will be hosting small volunteer events over the next three weeks to assemble the 12,000 weekend snack bags. You can sign up for a volunteer shift to pack a bag or volunteer at a CKTM serving site by visiting FeedToledoKids.org.

The cost of these bags total $42,000 for three weekends, and partners from City of Toledo, Fifth Third Bank, Mercy Health, NWO AFL-CIO, NWO Building & Construction Trades Council, ProMedica, Toledo Federation of Teachers, Toledo Refining Co. and United Way have stepped forward to cover these current, and future, meal costs.

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