Perry County Schools staff prepare Thanksgiving meals for more than 800 people

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Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 12:51 PM EST
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PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Many families are preparing for Thanksgiving on Thursday, but the staff at Perry County Schools are working to give back to their community.

The meals are for anyone who signed up regardless of whether they have a student in the school system or not.

District Health Coordinator, Cris Rush, told WYMT they were not able to prepare meals last year due to the pandemic, but now they are excited to once again have the chance to deliver hot meals to feed those in need.

“So many people have had hardships, have not got to be with loved ones, so it’s going to be nice for us to be able to know that some of that stuff can happen again families can eat together,” she said. “We’re happy to deliver meals 10,15 at a time.”

Staff worked to prepare meals for more than 800 people.

”Years ago when our superintendent first came into his position, he just felt like it would be a good idea for us to work with the community to provide meals to anyone who may not have it we saw a need,” Rush said.

Last year they could not provide meals because of the pandemic.

”This is the first year we’re actually having families pick up, in the past all meals have been delivered by community partners or by school staff,” added Rush. “The majority of them will be the same this year.”

This year, those who are picking up their food-to-go will do so around the high school.

”It’s gratifying, of course, you know you feel really good that you can help other people,” Rush said. “They’re always thankful to have it and appreciative.”

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