Coronavirus lunches

Boyd food service worker Sandra Moore hands lunches to Jessica Hall for her two children.

SUMMIT Cars with as many as half a dozen children in the passenger seats drove around to the back of Boyd County Middle School Monday to pick up their lunches.

Cafeteria workers handed the lunches in white paper sacks through the driver-side windows of each car.

Each sack held a sandwich, fresh finger-sized vegetables, fruit, chips, condiments and milk.

By noon the workers had handed out more than 50 of the meals, which the school district is supplying while school is out because of the coronavirus pandemic.

They also had passed out breakfast, and they will be back today and the following days as long as the virus-induced closure persists.

All six school districts in Boyd and Greenup counties — Ashland, Fairview, Boyd County, Greenup County, Raceland-Worthington and Russell — are offering the meals to children during the crisis. The meals will be offered for each day designated as a non-traditional instruction day.

Most of the meal sites are drive-through and recipients don’t have to exit their vehicles. Some districts have or are working on delivery or drop-off options.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted Kentucky schools a waiver under which they can receive reimbursement for the cost of the meals. Ordinarily, schools are required to serve the meals on site in order to qualify for reimbursement.

Meal offerings and serving sites from each district include:

Boyd County — free breakfast and lunch for any child up to 18 years old. Pickup sites include the front parent dropoff area at Catlettsburg Elementary, the front dropoff U area at Boyd County High School and the back of school student dropoff area at Boyd County Middle School. Hours are 8-9 a.m. for breakfast and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for lunch at each site.

District officials are working on local dropoff locations and may have that option ready later this week.

Greenup County — free breakfast and lunch for any child up to 18 years old at Greenup County High School, Wurtland Middle School, McKell Middle School and Argillite Elementary School.

Today, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., hot lunch will be served along with a packaged breakfast for Wednesday.

Starting Wednesday, the meals will be distributed from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. three days a week, with enough meals for every day: Wednesday each child will receive hot lunch, packaged breakfast and cold lunch for Thursday, and packaged breakfast for Friday.

There will be no service Thursday and on Friday children will receive a hot lunch and packaged breakfast for Monday. Children already in the district’s brown bag program will received their brown bag distribution for the weekend at that time.

The Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule will resume March 23.

The district requests parents call ahead for meals at these numbers: Greenup County High School — 606-473-9812 ext. 2180, McKell Middle School — 606-932-9550, Wurtland Middle School — 606-836-1023 ext. 2327, Argillite Elementary School: 606-473-7213 ext. 2705.

Ashland — free breakfast and lunch for any child up to 18 years old at the Ashland Exceptional Early Childhood Center, each elementary school, Ashland Middle School, and Paul Blazer High School via drive-through. Parents may receive one meal per child and the child must be present in the car to receive a meal.

Times are 8-9 a.m. for breakfast and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for lunch.

Ashland also will send district buses to serve breakfast at eight mobile sites:

Bluegrass Inn, 1835 Winchester Ave.

breakfast 8 a.m., Lunch 11:30 a.m.

Gla-Low Apartments, 1200 Stella Drive

breakfast 8 a.m., Lunch 11:30 a.m.

DeBord Terrace, 901 Kilgore Drive    

breakfast 8 a.m., Lunch 11:30 a.m.

Ashland Inn, 3020 Winchester Ave.

breakfast 8 a.m., Lunch 11:30 a.m.

Shelter of Hope, 2944 Winchester Ave.

breakfast 8:30 a.m., Lunch 12 p.m.

Safe Harbor, 3700 Landsdown

breakfast 8:30 a.m., Lunch 12 p.m.

Winchester Inn, 2280 Winchester Ave.

breakfast 8:30 a.m., Lunch 12 p.m.

Central Baptist Church, 600 29th St

breakfast 8:30 a.m., Lunch 12 p.m.

Russell — free breakfast and lunch to all children enrolled in the district starting Wednesday, both meals delivered at the same time daily.

Pick up grab and go meals will be available at Russell Middle School from 10:30-11:30 a.m., served at the double doors to the cafeteria. Vehicles should enter at the high school parking lot entrance, remain in vehicles in a single-file line, stop at the double doors and exit the bus lane next to the high school gym.

Meals will be delivered to five locations: the Flatwoods city building parking lot, the parking lot of the closed grocery store on Wheeler Hill in Flatwoods, at the entrance of 4th Street in Flatwoods, the downtown Russell fire station, and Bridges Christian Church parking lot.

Meals will be available at the locations from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and enrolled students must be present. The district requests calling the district office at 836-9679 between 8-11 a.m. to request meals.

Raceland-Worthington — Lunch will be available to all children 18 and under via drive through at the main entrance to the Campbell Elementary kitchen from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Families for whom transportation is an issue should call food service director Michael Salmons at 606-923-0150.

Fairview — free breakfast and lunch will be served to all children up to 18 years old. Drive throughs will be set up at Fairview High School and Fairview Middle School. A staffer will assist with lineup the first few days.

The meals are available to all children regardless of enrollment but lunch delivery may be made but only to students enrolled and living in Westwood.

Serving times are 7:30-9:30 a.m. for breakfast and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for lunch.

Deliveries will be made to homes between 10:30-11:30 a.m. daily.

Students participating in lunch only delivery must be ready to come out for their lunch when the bus arrives with the same time expectations that are in place when they ride the bus in the mornings because the bus cannot wait longer than a few seconds.

On Tuesday the bus will follow all district bus routes and stop at the same locations as they would for school days. However, the following day the bus will stop only at locations where students received meals the previous day.

To be returned or added to the list, call Terri Hood or LeighAnn Jobe at the district office at 606-324-3877 between 9:30-10 a.m.

Students who attend Fairview but do not ride the bus may call Hood or Jobe between 9:30 and 10 a.m. to be added to the list.

Each district has committed to offering the meals for the duration of the non-traditional instruction period and most say they will extend their programs if schools remain closed longer.

(606) 326-2652 |

mjames@dailyindependent.com

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