GDOE plans to extend school meals program through the summer

The GDOE Grab 'n Go school meal program. (PNC file photo)

The Guam Department of Education’s Grab N Go school meals program has been feeding the island’s children with fresh food almost every day since it started in March. And now, the agency plans to extend the service through the summer.

Every weekday, dozens of cars line up outside of the 12 designated distribution sites to receive meals comprised of anything from chicken nuggets to pizza with a side of fruit and milk.

With around 24,000 meals being served daily and the demand only getting higher, GDOE Spokesperson Isa Baza said that the agency reached out to the governor to help extend the program.

During her online news conference today, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero expressed her support for the extension and said she gave GDOE $1 million earlier this week.

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“We also know that children are among the most vulnerable when it comes to access to food. By tomorrow, GDOE will have served half a million meals to children in need. What began as a lunch service has expanded to include breakfast. A portion of this program is reimbursed by the federal government,” the governor said.

Pending USDA approval, GDOE hopes to continue this program into the summer using the $1 million transferred to them this week.

Baza said that GDOE is pending approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend the program and will make an announcement once they receive confirmation.