As the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve, officials with the Food Services Department at Big Rapids Public Schools are adapting to meet the needs of area kids this summer.
"In the past, children were required to eat their meals on-site. A few years ago we added different activities for each day of the week and a Back to School Carnival on the last day of the program. We will not be able to offer those programs this year as we are doing non-congregate feeding"; said Jane DeVries, Food Service Director.
Since March 17th, The Food Services Department along with volunteers have served 230,456 meals under the Unanticipated School Closure Program offered by the State of Michigan
DeVries says these meals included a 7 day supply of breakfast and lunch.
"We have been providing these meals from our Middle School location and doing bus deliveries to our bus students" said Devries "However, our bus delivery will end on June 2nd, but we will still continue to operate our Middle School pick up location under the Unanticipated School Closure Program until June 30th." she added.
After June 30th, All sites must then switch to the State of Michigan’s MEET UP AND EAT UP summer food service program on July 1st.
Parents can pick up meals for their child every Tuesday from 10am-1pm at the pickup window behind Big Rapids Middle School.
Sites have been allowed to operate the MEET UP AND EAT UP summer food service program until August 30th or until their school year starts or unless they notify the sites of any updated changes.