Over the first three days of their grab-and-go free meal offers for students unexpectedly out of school, the Independence and Fort Osage school districts handed out thousands of meals.
The Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit school districts, both on spring break this week, have also announced meal handout plans for next week.
Fort Osage food service workers handed more than 550 lunches at four locations Tuesday, with breakfast items for the next day. Workers made 1,000 such meals for Wednesday, said Stacie Waller, director of food service, “and we anticipate handing out all of them.”
The final tally was 861, followed by 758 on Thursday. Friday’s handout will include food for Saturday.
Fort Osage will continue providing lunches for children 18 and younger 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday. Lunches can be picked up near the entrances of Buckner, Elm Grove, Cler-Mont elementary schools and Hawthorne Place Apartments (entrance off U.S. 24). On Monday the district will also start distributing at Blue Hills Elementary. Meals will be served first come, first served, and children do not have to be district students to receive a meal. Meal distribution will continue through spring break next week and at least through April 3, as schools will be closed.
Independence employees handed out approximately 3,500 lunches across five locations Tuesday through Thursday, district spokesperson Jana Corrie said, at Bridger Middle School, Randall Elementary and Truman, Van Horn and William Chrisman high schools. The district will not have meal handouts Friday, the first day of the scheduled spring break, but it will resume distribution Monday through the whole week. The district also is considering adding or shifting a location
In addition, the Independence district partnered with the Community Services League and a local church Wednesday to deliver 150 boxes of food to families without access to transportation for meal pickup. CSL reported on social media that it delivered more than 200 food boxes around the community Wednesday.
Grain Valley Superintendent Marc Snow, whose district is also on spring break this week, posted Monday on the district’s site that staff was putting together a plan this week to provide breakfast and lunch for students.
The Blue Springs School District plans to have free to-go meals at 11 schools around the district 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Meals will be for all children up to age 18, with drive-thru or walk-up service, and they will include lunch for that day and a breakfast item for the next day. The district asks that people who are ill or have anyone in the family who is ill to refrain from meal pickup.
Pickup locations include Blue Springs High School, the Freshman Center, Brittany Hills and Paul Kinder middle schools and seven elementary schools: Chapel Lakes, Daniel Young, Franklin Smith, James Walker, John Nowlin, William Yates and William Bryant.
In addition meals will be dropped off Monday through Friday at several locations around the city:
• Autumn Place (11-11:30 a.m.)
• Country Club Garden Apartments (11-11:30 a.m.)
• Motel 6 (11-11:30 a.m.)
• City Homes at Fall Creek (12-12:30 p.m.)
• Blue Springs Apartments (12-12:30 p.m.)
• Villas of Autumn Bend (12-12:30 p.m.)
Lee’s Summit Schools said it would be doing meal handouts during normal school days starting Monday. Drive-thru meal pickup will be 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Trailridge Elementary, Prairie View Elementary and Lee’s Summit North High School. Any student 18-younger will receive a lunch for that day and breakfast for the next day.
The district will also have bus delivery 11-11:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. the same days at Ashbrooke Apartments, Sage Crossing Apartments, Knollbrook Street, Northeast Ridgeview Drive and Northeast Swann Road, Crossroads of Lee’s Summit Apartments, Westvaco Crossroads and Oxford Place. Call 816-986-2206 with questions.