I just wanted to take the opportunity to reach out and to remind Everyone that Penn Hills School District remains active in its essential operations, and District staff remain on standby to assist students, families, and employees as needed. To that end, we continue to complete wellness checks for students and employees to ensure good health (physical and mental) during this stressful time and also to try and serve as a liaison to the community regarding larger services that extend beyond education.
I must say I was a little shocked when I made several wellness checks myself this week and heard from multiple families that they had no idea our District has committed staff in our Food Service Department who continue to distribute Grab 'n Go meals to children out of the main entrance at Linton MS (250 Aster St, PH) from 12-2 pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I guess I assumed that was common knowledge among our families and residents. Clearly, I was wrong.
Currently, we are sharing about 200 meals on distribution days. Please allow me to remind everyone in our community that the Linton meals may be given to a child directly or to an adult proxy who requests food on behalf of a child from our community. If you haven't stopped by Linton, please consider doing so. I continue to be amazed by the new routine that has been established, whereby our families have become very familiar with each other and our dedicated staff who continue to help provide this valuable service. No income verification is involved, and we're happy to share what we have with those who show up.
These moments have also made me realize the District's role and responsibility as an integral component of our community to help get the word out about other food distribution centers in our various neighborhoods that may be more convenient and/or accessible than Linton MS to families/residents who have limited access to transportation. Additionally, these other food distribution sites offer meals not only to children but also to adults. Similar to our Linton MS program, these sites offer Grab 'n Go meals on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the times listed:
Hebron United Presbyterian Church (12:00-1:00)
10460 Frankstown Road, PH
Hulton Arbors (12:00-12:30)
815 Arbor Lane
Leechburg Garden Apartments (12:30-1:30)
1803 Garden Drive
The Fold Assemblies of God Church (12:45-1:45) *at our former YMCA site
11817 Frankstown Rd
We've been told that Zion Lutheran Church is also offering Grab 'n Go meals at their location of 11609 Frankstown Rd from 9-11 am Mon-Fri. *Individuals/families in dire situations are encouraged to call Zion reps at (412)242-2626 directly to make other arrangements, if needed.
211 also remains a resource for individuals/families in need of emergency resources such as food, housing, and/other basic needs.
Comcast has also asked us to share that Internet Essentials has been converted to a free program for those who qualify and is helping individuals/families with Internet access. Further information is available at internetessentials.com. Comcast has suggested to us that most Penn Hills families who have students enrolled in our District will likely qualify based on a larger schoolwide eligibility option.
Please be a good Penn Hills neighbor and help us spread the word to ensure our community has sufficient access to valuable resources as we all wait anxiously for a return to more familiar conditions.
Please take care too.