Classes at St. Gerard’s School in Lima, OH were cancelled in midMarch. However, that was not going to stop the school staff from providing students with nutritional meals. Every Monday during the lockdown, the lunch staff came in to prepare take-home meals for as many as 50 students every week. They packaged five days of breakfast and lunch into brown paper bags, and loaded them into cars as they drove up. As the cars drove away, staff shouted, “We are praying for you!” Despite the lockdown and social distancing practices, the lunch staff created opportunities to serve as examples of Jesus. They hung a giant “We Love You” sign in one of the cafeteria windows, and they wrote inspirational messages on each bag of food – nourishing the spirits and the bodies of the young students.
Left to right: Redemptorist student Steven Urban prepares sack lunches for students; the school lunch staff; and Steven loading bags of food into a vehicle.
Courtesy: DenverLink, update May 22, 2020
Article and photos submitted by Steven Urban