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Free meals for children will continue through closure

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Although school buildings will be closed for the remainder of the academic year, free meals for children will still be available until the governor lifts the closure period for public schools.

“It will continue until we get further orders,” Kimberly Meeks, student nutrition director for Roswell Independent School District, said Friday morning.

RISD began offering the Grab and Go meals March 16, the first week of the state-ordered three-week shutdown, at high school parking lots. The following week, the meals were available at all RISD schools.

That will continue, with the only change being that children do not have to be present to get the meals.

“Before, we had to have a student present. Because they want to minimize the chance of potential exposure, they have now allowed us to serve the parent the meal. The child does not have to be present,” Meeks said.

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The Grab and Go meals are available from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday in the school parking lots. They are free of charge for all children 18 and younger, whether or not they are enrolled in an RISD school. Each child will receive a breakfast and a lunch. Adult meals will not be available for sale.

The response has not been what the district expected, Meeks said, but no meals have gone to waste.

“Everything we’re serving is on demand. We’re putting it together as we need it,” she said.

Word is spreading, however.

“Every day our counts are going up,” she said.

The district is serving more than 4,000 meals a day.

“I would love for it to get up to what we serve during the normal school year,” she said, which is about 7,800 meals.

To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.

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

 

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