With Iowa school’s being closed for four weeks after Governor Kim Reynolds recommendation many citizens were concerned where some school aged children would get proper meals.
Many area students are on free and reduced meals through the school systems because they come from low income homes. The sudden prospect of 10 meals a week that would have been eaten at school gone for a month was not lost on Murray and Clarke School Districts.
Both schools have set up Grab ‘N Go Meals for students and their families.
Murray Schools along with the Murray Church of Christ came together to create Grab ‘N Go Meals which started March 20 and run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8-10 a.m. until school reopens. The meals are for all children under the age of 18. On Mondays and Wednesdays each child will receive two breakfasts and two lunches. Fridays, students will receive one breakfast and one lunch each.
No ID or paperwork is required but children must be present when families pick up meals outside the main entrance of Murray Community School, 216 Sherman Street Murray. Drive thru or curbside pickup is available for Murray enrolled students and their siblings.
“We are also reaching out to our county bus rout students’ parents to ask for permission to deliver food to our country students,” said Allen Miller Murray Superintendent at the Town Hall meeting to discuss the impact of the Coronavirus and COVID-19 March 19.
Clarke’s Meal Distribution begins March 26 at locations that include Clarke Elementary School (Entrance 5: south side), Warren Park in Osceola parking lot, Weldon Community Center parking lot, Van Wert Community Center parking lot and the Woodburn Fire Station parking lot. Distributions will be Mondays and Thursdays dated March 26, March 30, April 2, April 6 and April 9 from 11 a.m.-noon.
Students must be present to receive a bag of food and families will only receive the amount of bags per child in the vehicle. Bags will include three breakfasts and three lunches.
“Clarke CSD greatly cares about our students, and we believe this is an additional way we can support the students and families we serve,” said Steve Seid, Clarke Superintendent.
Contact Seid at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 641-342-4969 with questions about the Clarke Meal Distribution.
Contact Miller at email@example.com with questions about the Murray Grab ‘N Go Meals.