Fargo Public Schools distribute food boxes to the families of students in need

The distributions saw a number of challenges resulting from the winter storm and economic inflation.

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Meal baskets ready to be distributed.
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FARGO — After two delays due to weather conditions, Fargo Public Schools was able to distribute food baskets to the families of students in need Friday, Dec. 16.

Each food box contains enough food to provide at least one meal to a family of four, plus some extras like sandwich bread and books to promote literacy.

The boxes were supposed to go out on Wednesday, but the winter storm pushed the event back twice.

Most of the boxes had to be delivered directly to the families, because many of them didn't have the means to pick them up themselves in the harsh conditions. This led to district social workers driving all over town to get the food where it needed to go.

Fargo Public Schools Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) coordinator Jen Sahr says this distribution has been challenging, and not just because of the weather.


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"This year has been a little bit trickier," Sahr said. "We have more families than we anticipated, (along) with inflation, and a variety of the food waivers that have expired, and so we have a lot of families who are in need."

She also says they received fewer donations than usual, despite the increased need. However, they still donated nearly 100 food boxes through this year's distribution.

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