Schools stepping up
Districts offering meals to students in need
There seems to be two different camps as we enter the quarantine/someone bought all the chicken/no toilet paper world:
- Don’t touch my stuff.
- How can I help?
Luckily, some of the state’s school districts fall into the latter. A number of districts are ensuring that families who rely on school meals are getting the assistance they need.
Starting today, The Manchester School District is preparing meals for its students, and will deliver the food (and homework materials when available) to the student’s nearest bus stop.
From Mansd.org: Food Distribution – Beginning March 17th our buses will be used to provide breakfast and lunch for our students. It is not required that students pick up either breakfast or lunch; however, we want to make sure all of our students have access to healthy meals when they are away from our schools. Families received information regarding food distribution via School Messenger. Also, the routes are currently posted on the school district website along with other closure information.
Concord schools will provide breakfast and lunch daily at 11 a.m.
From SAU9.org: Bag breakfast and lunch is available to pick up at each school (starting today) between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Check with your student’s school if you have any questions. Buildings will be open Wednesday, March 18 and Thursday, March 19 for students and parents to collect technology, texts, materials, etc. they will need over the next few weeks. Principals will be on hand in all buildings 8 a.m. through 7 p.m.
The Barrington School District has begun distributing breakfast and lunch for its K-12 students.
From SAU74.org: We started our breakfast and lunch program today for all students in the district…
The Hudson School District started a breakfast and lunch pickup program, providing two meals a day to students from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. Students attending any school in the district can participate at the Dr. H.O. Smith School.
From SAU81.org: This “grab and go” process will provide both meals at the same time. You will only need to make one trip daily. We ask parents to bring (or provide to another adult who is picking up on behalf of families) student identification numbers that are used normally with the Food Service Program. Please note that ID numbers will aid the district in managing the program, but all requests for breakfast and lunch will be honored.
The Nashua School District started its program on Monday. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., students can pick up pre-made lunches at the Amherst Street Elementary School, Dr. Crisp Elementary School, Fairgrounds Elementary School, Ledge Street Elementary School, Mount Pleasant Elementary School and Pennichuck Middle School. Expect sandwiches, milk, fruit and a cookie. Administrators say students from all 17 of the schools are welcome to the program and can pick up meals from any of the locations.
Souhegan Valley schools are offering free meals to anyone in the Amherst, Mont Vernon and Souhegan Cooperative districts. Food deliveries begin today, and are open to all families – not just students on free or reduced lunch. The food is available to anyone – regardless of whether or not they have a student in the system. To receive a meal, people need to sign up for delivery here.
While this is by no means a comprehensive list, it is heartening to see people coming together to help.
And for those in the first camp – lighten up, Francis.
Bill Burke is the Dad on Board columnist for Parenting NH and the Managing Editor of Custom Publications for McLean Communications.