TALLINN – The city of Tallinn on Wednesday handed out 11,550 packages of food to children going to Tallinn's municipal schools, who like school children everywhere in Estonia are currently attending school by means of distance learning due to the coronavirus crisis.
"Since the number of those wishing to get a food package has rocketed, the Tallinn Education Board had to change the arrangement of the distribution of food. Where in previous weeks a hot school lunch was given to students in a box to be taken away, now they get a food package for the whole week. In this way we can keep direct contacts down to a minimum and protect the health of all parties," Deputy Mayor Vadim Belobrovtsev said.
He said that schools have spread the distribution of the packages over a longer period of time and found logistical solutions how the 2+2 rule can be observed. Personnel distributing the packages are equipped with personal protective equipment, and all hygiene requirements must be observed to prevent the spread of the disease.
The deputy mayor said that the distribution of food packages in accordance with the new arrangement went smoothly and without major problems.
"Since the number of those wishing to get a food package increased severalfold compared with last week, it was a much bigger challenge for everyone, especially when it comes to observing safety measures. There were also certain glitches and questions in that connection in some schools, but the situation was resolved on an ongoing basis and all problems were resolved," Belobrovtsev said.
"I would also like to urge everyone to refrain from excessive accumulation of food and avoid a situation where food left unused has to be thrown away later. But when the need exists, it is definitely worthwhile to ask for a food package," he added.
Families who wish to get a food package for their child from school must register with the school.
In total 46,400 students attend municipal schools in Tallinn.