Camden charter school prepares meals to deliver to nearly 1,500 remote learning families

A charter school in Camden is helping students who are learning remotely by delivering breakfast and lunch to them at home, while also keeping staff employed through remote learning.
"We wake up, and we get ready and then we head downstairs and we get the Zoom ready and then we go online," says student Diamond Cruz, with the LEAP Academy University Charter School.
The school will be all virtual until October, but is still making sure breakfast and lunch are part of the day.
"You get two meals a day,” says Stephanie Weaver-Rogers, Lead Person & COO with the school. “You get breakfast and lunch every day just like you would if you were in the building."
The kitchen staff get up before the sun each morning, making and packing more than 3,000 meals for students. The school is also making sure the meals are delivered to the students’ houses. The school bus drivers deliver the meals, which also helps keep them employed.
"By doing this, we're making sure that we're keeping our kitchen staff working, our bus drivers working, so we don't have to lay anybody off," says Weaver-Rogers.
Nearly 1,500 homes will receive a delivery in a three-hour span. It’s a lifesaver for parents, as they balance online learning and working.
"The time that you need to start the school is eight in the morning and I need to go first, I would need to go in the car and go to school and come back, and it's more easy getting it delivered to the house," says parent Waleska Cruz.
The academy plans to return to school at the beginning of October for in person learning, but says they will continue to deliver meals to families that decide to continue with virtual learning.