Although the Governor has issued a “Stay at Home. Stay Safe. Save Lives.” Executive Order, schools are allowed to continue to provide meals for students.
“I feel good that we can be a safety net and about what we’re doing in our community,” said Dan Gorman, food service director for neighboring Montague and Whitehall school districts. “We’re keeping the kids healthy.”
Gorman said the food service has enough of the grab and go type foods for students, and last week Montague Foods and Walmart helped out by supplying some items.
The first two weeks, the Tuesday and Friday pickups provided enough breakfasts and lunches to feed the 18-year-old and younger students in between.
“We will settle into a routine,” he said.
Gorman said he gives credit to leaders in Lansing who are allowing variances in the eligibility for the good. Students’ families do not have to meet an income guideline in order to receive free food.
However, pick-up methods may be changed to ensure the safety of volunteers and families and the cold food selections may be more limited with lunch meats and cheese in short supply.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office issued the following statement from Press Secretary Tiffany Brown on the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order:
“Gov. Whitmer is committed to ensuring that Michigan students have access to the food they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the governor’s executive order, K-12 school food services are considered critical infrastructure and should continue. The governor deeply appreciates the vital work that our frontline school employees are doing every day to ensure that our kids have the food they need while the order is in effect.”
These meals are available throughout the school shutdown ordered by the Governor to all children ages 18 and under and students with disabilities ages 18-26 with an active IEP (Individualized Education Program) who either reside in or attend the district. Kids Food Basket is also compiling distribution information and will share on their website at www.kidsfoodbasket.org/locations/muskegon. All private and charter school students can access meals through the district in which they live.
Montague Area Public Schools
Montague Area Public Schools will provide meals through curbside pickup at Montague High School and the Rothbury Village Hall at 7804 S. Michigan Avenue in Rothbury on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – noon. In addition, a mobile route has been set up for delivery to three additional sites. See the Facebook page for details and locations.
Locations: Montague High School, 4900 Stanton Blvd, Montague MI 49437;
Rothbury Village Hall, 7804 S. Michigan Avenue, Rothbury MI
Whitehall District Schools
Whitehall District Schools will be providing meals on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Whitehall Middle School, and at the Lakewood Club Village Hall from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Fridays. Updates provided at their Facebook page.
Locations: Whitehall Middle School 401 Elizabeth Street, Whitehall MI 49461
Lakewood Club Village Hall, 6681 Automobile Road, Twin Lake MI 49457
Blue Lake Residences, 7190 Putnam Rd., Twin Lake, MI 49457
Reeths-Puffer Schools will provide a week’s worth of cold meals for pick-up at the High School’s Roberts Road north entrance (student last names A-L) and Giles Road (student last names M-Z) parking lots from 9AM to 11AM on Wednesday March 25, and April 1. Last week Reeths-Puffer distributed approximately 9,100 meals. Pick-ups will take place according to student last names. See the detailed site plan for meal pick up and the school website for further details.
Location: Reeths-Puffer High School, 1545 N Roberts Rd, Muskegon MI 49445
Children who live in North Muskegon Public Schools may access nearby districts for grab-n-go meals.
Hart Public Schools
Link to Hart Facebook page
Hart will be offering free meals. For more information email Caryn Elam via email at email@example.com.
Locations: Crystal Valley Pour House, 7203 N 126th Ave, Hart, MI 49420; Fenton Trucking,
5655 W 5th St, Mears, MI 49436; Spitler Elementary School, 302 W. Johnson St, Hart MI 49420
Holton Public Schools
Holton Public Schools will work closely with Hand-to-Hand community partners to provide weekly meal service delivery on Tuesdays. See www.holtonschools.com and their Facebook site and see this PDF for details.
Shelby Public Schools
Shelby Public Schools is offering five different locations for meal pick up. See their Facebook site for information and who to contact for delivery.
Location: Oceana County Early Learning Center, 568 North Oceana Dr, Hart, MI 49420; Trinity Lutheran Church, 5631 Stony Lake Rd, New Era MI 49446; Shelby Middle School, 525 N State St, Shelby MI 49455; Barnett Station Shelby, 64 S Michigan Ave, Shelby MI 49455; Ferry Community Center/The Ladder Community Center, 67 N State St, Shelby MI 49455