Schools serve thousands of meals to students out of school

    First Student workers and volunteers prepare to hand out meals. Courtesy photo from Adrianne Schwartz..

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - 4,600 meals were served last week and the same amount is expected each week until school resumes May 1.

    Juneau Schools Food Services Supervisor Adrianne Schwartz said six schools are offering meals.  Gastineau Elementary serves from 9-11 am and then moves to Cedar Park Apartments from 11 am until noon.  Harborview Elementary, Riverbend Elementary, Glacier Valley Elementary, DZ Middle School and Floyd Dryden Middle School offer meals from 9 am until noon.

    The meals are offered each week from Monday to Friday.

    "The response has been great. We get a lot of positive feedback in emails, phone calls, and social media.  We are working to keep up with everything that is going on with COVID-19."

    They put up cones and signs to encourage six feet of social distancing to keep everyone safe and healthy.

    Schwartz said she sees a lot of happy smiles on the faces of kids.  First Student workers on hand to serve the meals.  She also thanked Nana Management Services for helping coordinate the meals.

    "They stepped up right away to get in all the food and supplies to make this happen."

    They provide mostly non-perishable items to the students.  For lunch, they have offered deli sandwiches, apples, oranges, a carton of milk, carrots.  For breakfast, they provide cold cereal, milk, fruit, and usually other items like breakfast muffins.

    "We are doing the best we can to meet the needs of any families that need to have breakfast and lunch while this is going on," she added.

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