The global pandemic has cast a spotlight on the tremendous inequities within our society and nowhere has this been more evident than in our public school system.
To respond to the needs of our community, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District leaders have expanded their focus to provide the vital services needed to protect the health and well-being of our children and communities. Since March 13, MPUSD has launched Distance Learning in under two weeks of planning, distributed more than 2,000 Chromebooks and academic packets, deployed mobile Wi-Fi buses at three Park-n-Learn locations and partnered with local internet company Red Shift to install in-home Wi-Fi to bridge the digital divide for our families.
Our Nutrition Services staff has delivered over 60,000 meals to students through our daily Grab and Go lunch sites and we continue to partner with the Food Bank for Monterey County and community partners to distribute over 1,000 bags of food every Friday through our Food for Families in Need program. Through a generous donation from the Community Foundation for Monterey County, MPUSD is also providing temporary shelter for families experiencing homelessness.
We are not alone in these efforts. In every community across California, schools are providing distance learning and social-emotional supports to students while also ensuring that essential safety nets exist for our most vulnerable children and families. As we continue to provide these services at the close of this school year, educators must also plan for what will be a unique start to the 2020-2021 school year.