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St. Hubert giving out free meals every Wednesday and an update on the class of 2020

From left: Andrea Brophy, Lizanne Pando.

St. Hubert High School last week began teaming with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Nutritional Development Services to ensure that children continue to have access to wholesome nourishing meals.

Meals will be distributed every Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the steps of St. Hubert, 7320 Torresdale Ave.

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Families can collect up to three days’ worth of meals plus milk (three breakfasts and three lunches) per child, per visit. Children do not have to be present to receive a meal.

Last week, there were 300 lunches and 300 breakfasts distributed. All met requirements of the federal Department of Agriculture.

Breakfast included cereal, milk and a fruit cup. Lunch included yogurt, a muffin, carrots, vegetable juice and chocolate milk.

Andrea Brophy, assistant administrator at Nutritional Development Services and a 1983 St. Hubert graduate, was joined by school president Lizanne Pando and school maintenance staff.

Meanwhile, Pando, wearing a St. Hubert Bambies protective mask, provided an update on the school’s online learning. The teaching schedule goes from Monday to Thursday. Attendance is taken on Friday, which is reserved for students doing projects, seeking extra help and talking to counselors and teachers marking tests and assignments.

As for the St. Hubert class of 2020, which has already earned more than $20 million in college scholarships, the archdiocese is permitting only virtual graduations. Pando said there were too many “moving parts” for schools to delay graduations until July or August.

“We’re all working together as a system, as we should,” Pando said.

St. Hubert was scheduled to graduate at Holy Family University on June 3. That will now be held virtually, as will the baccalaureate Mass, scheduled for June 2 at St. Matthew, celebrated by the pastor, the Rev. Patrick Welsh. Pando hopes a Golden Girl — a 1970 St. Hubert graduate celebrating her 50-year anniversary — will continue a tradition by handing a class of 2020 flag to the student council president.

Archbishop Nelson Perez will tape 17 videos – one for each high school in the archdiocese – to be played at the virtual graduations.

There will likely be a drive-by for students to pick up their cap and gown, yearbook, diploma, transcripts and awards.

The Senior/Junior Prom, set for May 29 at the Philadelphia Ballroom, has been postponed.

Pando has a special place in her heart for the class of 2020, as she became president four years ago, as this year’s seniors were beginning their studies. ••

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