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School districts that are providing meals for children while classes canceled

Jackson County Schools has developed a meal plan to feed students while schools are closed across Florida due to COVID-19 concerns. (MGN)
Jackson County Schools has developed a meal plan to feed students while schools are closed across Florida due to COVID-19 concerns. (MGN)(WJHG)
Published: Mar. 18, 2020 at 9:55 PM CDT
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Many children rely on school lunches as a significant source of nutrition during a given day. So, some eastern Iowa school districts are offering meals for pick-up during the extended time away from classes due to the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Benton Community School District

The district has partnered with local community organizations to arrange sack lunches for kids aged 1 to 18. Families should call (319) 228-8701 Extension 119 or

with the number of lunches they will need to help make sure there are enough to go around. Sacks include a breakfast item for the next day.

  • Atkins: Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church, 11:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Blairstown: Grace Lutheran Church, 11:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Elberon: Community Center, 11:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Keystone: St. John's Lutheran Church, 11:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Newhall: St. Paul's Catholic Church, 11:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Norway: St. Michael's Catholic Church, 11:00 a.m - Noon
  • Van Horne: Salem United Methodist Church, 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. College Community School District The district is offering "Grab N' Go" meals for all children 18 and under Monday through Friday until further notice. Each child will receive a lunch and a breakfast for the following day. New USDA Guidance allows parents to pick up meals without their children being present.
  • 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - 20 Miller Avenue SW - Old Casey's and Hardees Parking Lots - Gateway Gardens - 2981 6th Street SW - Prairie Hill Elementary School - College Community Campus - Ely City Park - 1635 Hillcrest Street, near trail and pond - Grant Elementary School - Cedar Rapids Schools; 254 Outlook Drive SW - Hoover Elementary School - Cedar Rapids Schools; 4141 Johnson Avenue NW
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Kohl's Parking Lot - 3030 Wiley Blvd. SW
  • 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Target Parking Lot - 3400 Edgewood Rd. SW
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Inn Circle - 5560 6th Street SW Cedar Rapids Community School District Students can get a hot lunch and breakfast intended for the following day between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Monday through Friday starting Monday, March 23. Locations include:
  • Nixon Elementary
  • Arthur Elementary
  • Grant Elementary
  • Grant Wood Elementary
  • Hoover Elementary
  • Wright Elementary
  • Cedar River Academy at Taylor
  • Johnson Elementary
  • Roosevelt Creative Corridor Business Academy Dubuque Community Schools Grab-and-go meals will be offered Monday-Friday for kids 18 and under beginning on March 23. Locations include:
  • Audubon Elementary: 4:45 – 5:30 p.m. for dinner
  • Boys and Girls Club: 4:15 – 5:30 p.m. for dinner
  • Comiskey Park: 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. for dinner
  • Convivium: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. for lunch
  • DREAM Center: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 4 – 5:30 p.m. for breakfast and dinner
  • Hempstead High School: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. for lunch and next-day breakfast
  • Hoover Elementary: 5:15 – 6: p.m. for dinner
  • Lincoln Elementary: 4:45 – 5:30 p.m. for dinner
  • Marshall Elementary: 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. for dinner
  • Prescott Elementary: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. for lunch and next-day breakfast
  • Terrace Heights: 4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. for dinner, 4001 Peru Road Iowa City Community School District Drive-through or walk-up sites providing both lunch for that day and breakfast for the following day. Families can pick up meals between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Locations include:
  • City High School
  • Hills Elementary School
  • North Central Junior High School
  • Northwest Junior High School
  • Twain Elementary School
  • West High School
  • Wood Elementary School In addition to the pick-up locations listed above, grab-and-go meals will be available for pickup at these locations:
  • Breckenridge Mobile Home Park
  • Cole/Thatcher Mobile Home Park
  • Lakeridge Mobile Home Park
  • Regency Mobile Home Park Linn-Mar Community School District Grab-and-go meals will be available each weekday, starting March 23, between 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Locations include:
  • Bowman Woods Elementary
  • Linn Grove Elementary
  • Novak Elementary
  • Westfield Elementary
  • Wilkins Elementary
  • Oak Ridge Middle School
  • Linn-Mar High School In addition to the pick-up locations listed above, grab-and-go meals will be delivered to the following locations between 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.:
  • Marion Village Mobile Home Park
  • Squaw Creek Mobile Home Park
  • Valley View Apartments Marion ISD Starting March 30, the service will only be on Mondays and Thursdays and meals will be provided for multiple days each day. Locations include:
  • Francis Marion: 10 a.m. to noon
  • Longfellow: 10 a.m. to noon
  • Starry: 10 a.m. to noon
  • Vernon Middle: 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Waterloo Schools Beginning March 23, at any elementary school for children aged 18 or younger that are accompanied by parents. Locations include:
  • Cunningham: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m
  • Kingsley: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m
  • Orange: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m
  • Highland: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m
  • Kittrell: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m
  • Becker: 11:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Lou Henry: 11:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Irving: Noon - 1:00 p.m.
  • Lincoln: Noon - 1:00 p.m.
  • Poyner: Noon - 1:00 p.m.
  • Education Service Center: 9:00 a.m. - Noon Western Dubuque Schools Breakfast (pick up for the next day) and lunch meals are available Monday through Friday from 11:30 am-12:30 pm at the locations below. Meals are being provided free to feed the children ages 18 and under. Locations include:
  • James Kennedy Public Library in Dyersville
  • Cascade Elementary School Project Rooted out of Dubuque is providing lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the parking lots of:
  • Western Dubuque High School in Epworth,
  • Drexler Middle School in Farley, and
  • Peosta Elementary in Peosta
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