Kearney schools offering support services to UAW families in district

In addition to offering free or reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches for adults and students facing financial hardship, the Kearney School District offers Harvester's BackSnacks, which provides a backpack of food items for students in prekindergarten through seventh grade; and the KMO Kanteen, a food pantry available for secondary students. To utilize the resources, a family should contact their child's school counselor.

KEARNEY — With local families impacted by the United Auto Workers strike against General Motors entering its fourth week, Kearney School District is reminding families of support services available to them and others in the district facing economic hardship.

In a letter sent to families and published on the school district website at www.ksdr1.net, the district outlined services available throughout the school year, which may be of need now as families are suffering from a lack of wages in relation to the strike and tense negotiations between the UAW and GM.

“We do have families impacted. We have families that are GM workers and Ford workers, which are also in the negotiation process,” district Communications Specialist Sonja Love Dewey told the Courier-Tribune Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Resources available to those facing financial hardship include free or reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches for adults and students; Harvester’s BackSnacks, which provides a backpack of food items for students in prekindergarten through seventh grade; and the KMO Kanteen, a food pantry available for secondary students. To utilize the resources, a family should contact their child’s school counselor. For help with meal application forms, families can call district social workers at 628-2651.

In addition, the school district has a Family Support Resources page on its website that includes details about several community and area organizations that may also be able to help families with needs.

“These are things that have always been offered throughout the school year that we want to remind all our families about, but we also wanted to remind families of them and have them top of mind at the moment because there may be families out there who need these services now that didn’t think about it before at the start of the school year or who may need them now that didn’t before,” said Dewey.

Managing Editor Amanda Lubinski can be reached at amanda.lubinski@mycouriertribune.com or 903-6001.

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