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Schools ensure students are fed while out of school

Emily Ness
Updated: March 18, 2020 10:31 PM

While schools are closed as a result of coronavirus concerns, many schools are working to ensure that students are fed. Schools ensure students are fed while out of school It takes a village to care for, educate and feed the Nation’s children. As a result, a number of Northland school districts are going above and beyond to ensure that children are fed in the midst of coronavirus-related school closings.

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“These are very uncertain times for a lot of families and if we can assist with meals and that takes some of the burden off, we are more than happy to do that,” Pamela Bowe, Food Service Director for the Duluth School District said.

According to Bowe, Duluth Public Schools will do this by utilizing their bus drivers, para-professionals and cafeteria staff to distribute meals at bus stops and schools. These meals are simplified, meaning that there is little to no preparation for kids. Additionally, they are nutritious—incorporating fruits and vegetables.

One Duluth mom said that she and other parents in her neighborhood were grateful for the service.

“It’s a good thing to help out because we don’t know how long this might last so this is going to cut back on costs for a lot of things for families that are struggling—you know, low income families will be able to provide food for our kids so it’s nice,” Barri Love said.

The Duluth School District plans to provide these meals at designated times and locations until March 27th, however, they will extend their efforts if they need to.

“We will do whatever it takes to get kids fed and so it’s really nice that we have the opportunity to do this,” Bowe said.

A list of schools providing meals in the Northland can be found here:

Cloquet Public Schools

• Churchill Elementary, Cloquet Middle School and Washington Elementary will have grab and go lunches from 11:30am-12:30pm on weekdays.

• Cloquet High School will have grab and go lunches from 11:00am-12:00pm on weekdays.

• Lunch will also be delivered at various bus stops at designated times on weekdays.

Duluth Public Schools

• All Duluth Schools will have grab and go breakfasts and lunches from 10:15am-1:00pm on weekdays.

• Breakfast and lunch will also be delivered at various bus stops at designated times on weekdays.

Ely Public Schools

• Schools will have grab and go breakfast and lunch to be picked up at school or at an agreed upon location beginning Monday, March 23rd on weekdays.

Esko Public Schools

• East Parking Lot near the playground will have Grab and go breakfast and lunch from 11:00am-12:00pm on weekdays.

Maple Public Schools

• Northwestern High School and Iron River Elementary School will have grab and go breakfast and lunch to be picked up from 8:30am-12:00pm on weekdays.

Superior Public Schools

• Grab and go breakfast and lunch will be provided at designated times and locations beginning on Monday, March 23rd.

Virginia Public Schools

• Grab and go breakfast and lunches will be provided at designated times and locations. Parents can sign their children up for this.

We will add more information about schools as it comes in.

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Emily Ness

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