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Foundation for LPS will help families who need funds because of coronavirus
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Foundation for LPS will help families who need funds because of coronavirus

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The Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools has announced a campaign to support LPS students and families who are, or soon will be, in need of emergency funds because of the response to COVID-19.

The foundation set a $500,000 goal, which will be used to support families struggling with costs for unexpected child care needs, unforeseen medical costs related to the virus, housing, utilities, food and other emergencies for families whose shifts have been reduced or jobs eliminated.

The foundation will collaborate with the Food Bank of Lincoln to help fund mobile pantries for families to stock up on food should a quarantine become necessary.

More than 47% of LPS students are eligible for the federal free- and reduced lunch program, the primary gauge of poverty for schools. That amounts to nearly 20,000 children in Lincoln, the foundation said.

The foundation is working with LPS to finalize steps for families in need to request assistance. Updates will be provided on its website, foundationforlps.org, as they become available.

To donate to LPS' coronavirus response fund, visit bit.ly/lpscovid19crisis or drop off a donation at any Union Bank & Trust branch location in Lincoln.

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Margaret Reist is a Lincoln native, the mom of three high school graduates now navigating college and an education junkie who covers students, teachers and policymakers inside and outside the K-12 classroom.

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