GDOE hopes to launch school meal program by Monday

Guam Department of Education (PNC file photo)

For many of the thousands of students on island, the meals they receive in school are the only things they eat during the day because of their family’s financial situation. To help, the Guam Department of Education is hoping to launch its school meals program this coming Monday.

The initial plan for the meals program is to set up sites throughout the island for parents to drive up and pick up food for their children.

At this time, GDOE is still pending approval of a waiver request from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement its grab and go meals service, according to a statement from agency spokesperson Isa Baza.

The waiver request would allow GDOE to distribute meals even if schools are out of session. The department is currently working with Sodexo, its cafeteria services vendor, to help with the program.

More updates about the school meals program will be forthcoming.