SAN ANTONIO – The support for the people of Uvalde continues following a mass shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday.
San Antonio Independent School District’s nutritional services team has traveled to Uvalde to offer their assistance to Uvalde Consolidated ISD, to make sure their 4,000 plus students still have access to a meal.
The team has coordinated with the Uvalde ISD Dual Language Academy on West Benson to hand out snacks to students, beginning at 10 a.m. and lasting until about 2 p.m.
With the school year officially done and the uncertainty of summer programs, the help was welcomed as many children won’t have access to school meals.
“We all know that food is very important, and they serve a very high poverty area,” Jenny Arrendondo, with SAISD’s child nutrition program said. “And so it really bothered us to know that there would be a disruption in their school meal service, because we know how many school kids depend on school meals, even if it’s just snack bundles to hold them over until their program gets reinstated; so that’s what we’re going to do.”
The snack packs include non-perishable nutrition bars, graham crackers and fruit.
Authorities say an 18-year-old man opened fire and killed 21 people, the victims including two fourth-grade teachers and 19 of their students. The shooter was eventually killed by law enforcement after he barricaded himself in the classroom.
The shooting in Uvalde on Tuesday is considered the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, in December of 2012. It is the deadliest school shooting in Texas history.