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PUSD gears up for next PG&E blackout

The Paradise Unified School District said it's lost thousands of dollars worth of food during PG&E blackouts, and now, the district is gearing up for another outage in the next few days.

Posted: Oct 24, 2019 11:25 PM

PARADISE, Calif. -- The Paradise Unified School District said it's lost thousands of dollars worth of food during PG&E blackouts, and now, the district is gearing up for another outage in the next few days.

The school district says it needs four generators, but all they have a rental.

"Everyday it would not be good to give this to them every day. One, it's boring and two, you're not getting diverse nutrients, but in some of my schools, we weren't even able to offer them milk," said Tanya Harter, Director of Food Services for PUSD.

For five days so far this school year, PUSD lost power in the blackouts. 

"When the power goes out, we have to take extra precautions to make sure we keep our food frozen, our cold food cold," Harter said.

The school district lost about $10,000 worth of food in the last 3-day blackout. Generators are an expense the school hasn't been able to afford.

In the meantime, the district is doing its best to save the food it can. In the most recent blackout, lunch ladies wore headlight bands to make what meals they could.

You can send an email to Harter to arrange donations at tharter@pusdk12.org

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