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School mobile meals expanded

Clark County Public Schools has increased its number of mobile meal routes for delivery of lunch and breakfast to students, even as they changed the way meals are delivered.

Since school buildings were closed April 6 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the food service and bus service have worked together to provide meals to students while they are learning at home, online and by picking up and dropping off paperwork at their schools.

“The reason we are still doing this is that there are children out there that need to be fed,” Becky Lowry, food service director, said Tuesday. “We are going to keep doing it as long as we can.”

In addition to five fixed sites where parents may come by with their children and pick up food Monday through Friday between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. — Campbell Junior High School, Clark County Preschool, George Rogers Clark High School, Justice Elementary and Shearer Elementary — there are also now 12 mobile delivery routes.

Four of those were added Monday: Westwood, Tremont, Cherry Street and Sequoia Village.

The mobile routes are as follows:

— Tyler Banks Housing on First Street, 11 to 11:15 a.m.

— Westwood, corner of Westwood Drive and Fulton Road, 11 to 11:15 a.m.

— Tremont, corner of Tremont and Crockett Court, 11 to 11:15 a.m.

— Quick Shop Mobile Home Park, corner of Kiwi Drive and Market Drive, 11:25 to 11:40 a.m.

— Cherry Street, corner of Cherry and Magnolia streets, 11:25 to 11:40 a.m.

— Apple Ridge subdivision, 533 Acadia Way, 11:30 to 11:45 a.m.

— Summit Apartments, 260 Oxford Drive, 11:45 a.m. to noon.

— Sequoia Village, 200 Canewood Drive, 11:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.

— Fox’s General Store, 11220 Irvine Road, 12:15 to 12:30 p.m.

— Yorktowne Apartments, 500 Constitution Drive, 12:15 to 12:30 p.m.

— April Way, corner of April Way and Pedro Way, 12:45 to 1 p.m.

— Community Park, 150 C.G. Stephenson Drive, 12:50 to 1:05 p.m.

Lowry said because of concerns about the virus and the safety of school employees as well as kids and parents, the way food is delivered on the mobile routes and at the schools has changed, effective this week.

At the schools, instead of workers handing the food through the windows to parents and children in the cars, the lunches and breakfasts are placed on tables, and the parents have to get out of the cars and go get them while the workers stand a safe distance away.

On the mobile routes, the back door of the school bus is opened, and the meals are on large sheet trays just inside the door for parents to get them while the workers remain at a safe distance on the bus, and then the trays are sanitized and workers change their gloves.

Lowry said that on Monday, the first day of the new procedures, the schools distributed 1,510 meals, both breakfast and lunch, to 755 children.

School food service workers and transportation workers must work only two days out of 10, but are paid full-time.

The meals are for students age 18 and younger. Students are given a lunch and a breakfast for the following morning. The students must be with their parents when they pick up the meals.

About Randy Patrick

Randy Patrick is a reporter for Bluegrass Newsmedia, which includes The Jessamine Journal. He may be reached at 859-759-0015 or by email at randy.patrick@bluegrassnewsmedia.com.

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