Atlanta Partners for Education, a fundraising and philanthropic entity that supports school district initiatives, will use the money to support nutrition programs for students and their families as well as to pay for laptops and internet access so students can keep up with online learning.
The district said that it will be able to provide meals to 1,000 new families through a partnership with the company Goodr. It also will pay for additional food distribution to families whose children attend schools that feed into Douglass High School through the organization I'm a Father First.
The district’s last day of in-person instruction was March 13. School buildings are now closed for the rest of the school year, and teachers and students are doing school work remotely. That presents an additional burden for low-income families who rely on the free breakfasts and lunches provided to students.
The APS foundation is one of 27 organizations to receive grants from the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, which launched in March to assist local efforts to respond to the coronavirus.