Portland Public School's nonprofit fundraising arm and DoorDash have teamed up to deliver meals and learning materials to the district's medically fragile students and other students who can't get to the district's free meal pick-up sites.
Schools in the state are closed for the rest of the school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but must provide meals and distance learning for students. Portland Public Schools, with 49,000 students, has set up distribution sites around the district and has provided more than 300,000 meals and handed out more than 15,000 computer notebooks since schools were closed in March.
The Fund for Portland Public Schools and DoorDash partnership has put technology such as Chromebooks, internet hot spots and assistive technology, learning materials and thousands of meals directly into the hands of more than 450 students thus far, a district announcement said.
Students who do not live near the distribution sites or have physical mobility issues or special needs, those who have been impacted financially and those with compromised immune systems struggle to access the essential services provided by PPS, the district said.
"Thanks to the generous support of DoorDash, our most vulnerable students received daily meal drop offs and learning materials directly to their home during this difficult health crisis," Jonathan Garcia, the district's chief engagement officer said in the announcement.
The PPS nutrition services team rejiggered meal preparation and prepared these meals from the district office so they could be conveniently picked up alongside the technology and printed learning materials.
"Local logistics play an important part in ensuring that people have access to food and supplies they need. Today this is heightened, especially for the last mile and especially for those at risk," Sueli Shaw, DoorDash's head of social impact said in a statement.
"We're glad to partner with Portland Public Schools to help students in need throughout the Portland community during this critical time."
DoorDash stands ready to help other organizations that need last-mile delivery support, to learn more visit the website.
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