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Almost 800 meals handed out Monday by RISD

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Yolanda Granado, center, cafeteria manager at Roswell High School, hands bagged breakfast and lunch to a girl Monday morning in the school parking lot. Roswell High School, along with Goddard and University high schools, are sites for Grab & Go meals this week, free to all children 18 and younger. Meals will be available at all RISD schools March 23 through April 3. (Juno Ogle Photo)

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It was a cool, gray morning for the first day of Roswell Independent School District’s spring break, but children and food services staff could be found in the parking lots of the three high schools.

Monday was the first day of Grab & Go meals being handed out in Roswell as part of the three-week shutdown ordered late last week by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham as a preventative measure against the spread of coronavirus.

Yolanda Granado, cafeteria manager at Roswell High School, said parents had been appreciative through the morning for the free meals. Someone even brought coffee for her and Eva Torres, head of the cafeteria’s vegetable department, and Andy Sanchez, RISD food service truck driver.

“Thank you! We appreciate this,” a parent called out from her vehicle as two children picked up brown bags with a breakfast of yogurt, an apple, crackers and milk and lunch of a turkey deli sandwich, apple, vegetables and milk.

That had been typical throughout the morning, Granado said. By about 11:30 a.m., the trio had handed out meals to 175 children.

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The meals will be available between 8 a.m. and noon through Friday in the parking lots of Roswell High School, Goddard High School and University High School. All children 18 and younger can get a free breakfast and lunch each day. Children do not have to be RISD students.

Although initially Interim Superintendent Mike Gottlieb said meals would not be handed out during spring break, RISD announced Saturday the high schools would be distribution sites for the meals.

The high schools were chosen due to their locations and limited staff available, Kimberly Meeks, RISD director of student nutrition, said.

“I opened up those three because they seemed to be scattered,” she said.

Each school kitchen prepared a portion of the total 2,000 meals prepared.

“My ladies came through and all of them showed up at 6 o’clock this morning and we got assembly lines put together and they just went after it. My staff is amazing,” she said.

Meeks said 770 meals were handed out Monday. The meals not picked up Monday will be refrigerated and available again today.

With the full food service staff scheduled to return to work March 23, the Grab & Go meals will be available through April 3 at more locations.

During that two-week portion of the school shutdown, meals can be picked up in the front parking lots of all RISD schools as well as Parkview Early Literacy Center, Poe Corn Park, Cahoon Park, Linda Vista Park, Enchanted Lands Park and Carpenter Park.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.