PATERSON, NJ – Paterson Public Schools students will have access to fresh produce when they pick up their shelf stable meals beginning today. The District has distributed more than 350,000 meals since schools closed in March due to COVID-19.

In making the announcement Superintendent of Schools Eileen Shafer said that the District has been a state leader in student meal distribution during this health-related school closure, and now those meals will be “that much more complete with fresh fruits and vegetables to keep them healthy.”

Different produce items will be delivered each distribution day to the district’s eight student meal distribution sites by the Seashore Fruit and Vegetable Company. On Monday, each site will be distributing two one-pound bags of baby carrots with Italian dressing while supplies last. The size of the deliveries to each site will be based on the approximation of the number of families that have been going to each site for student meals.

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“This is an exciting new step to our already very successful meal distribution program,” said the district’s Executive Director of Food Services Dave Buchholtz. “With all the news about farmers not being able to move their product through normal supply chains, and then having to destroy millions of pounds of crops, it only makes sense that we do our best to bring these fruits and vegetables to Paterson.” 

Student meals are distributed every Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as follows:










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