TWIN FALLS, Idaho — School districts all over Idaho are choosing to close their doors and switch over to remote learning to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
For students who depend on school for breakfast and lunch, that closure can have a huge impact.
The Twin Falls School District is offering "grab n go" meals, similar to the programs they have during the summer, in order to make sure those students are fed.
Starting Monday, March 30, the district will begin feeding community children at six locations; Bickel, Harrison, Lincoln, Morningside, Oregon Trail, and Perrine elementary schools. The meals will be served from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
The district will provide breakfast and lunch to children 1-18 free of charge.
The district says both meals will be given at the same time from the front of the schools.
Meals for adults are not free, but the district says adults may purchase meals--just like their summer program-- $3.30 for breakfast and $4.55 for lunch.
On the first day, the district served just under 1,500 of the grab n' go sacks: 240 at Bickel, 199 at Lincoln, 260 at Morningside, 251 at Oregon Trail, 324 at Perrine, and 220 at Harrison. The district says staff and volunteers served 2,980 meals (breakfast and lunch combos in each sack) to 1,495 children today.