Saline Area Schools will begin distributing food to students on Tuesdays and Fridays at Saline High School.
The distribution program that begins today comes after three weeks of having Saline Area Social Service distribute meals to people. Saline Area Social Service is continuing its food pantry service.
The district will distribute food from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays, employing a curbside service at the bus loop on the east side, near the auditorium.
On Tuesdays, food service staff will hand out three days worth of breakfast and lunches for students. On Fridays, staff will distribute four days worth of meals. School district Superintendent Scot Graden said families need not participate in the district's free and reduced lunch program to pick up food.
"We recognize students in the community need nutritious meals and we're prepared to provide them for families," Graden said.
Meals are available for children under 18 or for anyone under 26 with special needs.
The school district does ask participating families to fill out a webform. People with questions about the program are encouraged to reach out to school officials using the Let's Talk program.
About six of the district's 30 food service employees have been preparing for the distribution.
Participants are advised to heed the following instructions and limit person-to-person contact:
Pull through the bus loop in your vehicle, inform the Saline Area Schools employee how many individuals you are picking up for, pop or unlock your trunk and the Saline Area Schools employee will place your packages in the vehicle.
Graden spoke highly of the district's partnership with Saline Area Social Service.
"They did and continue to do a great job for Saline families and the community," Graden said.
He said the district continues to refer families to Saline Area Service - for more than its food bank. The agency also provides household supplies, emergency rental assistance, help with pharmaceutical needs and other assistance. Saline Area Social Service is located at 224 W. Michigan Ave. (429-4570, http://salinesocialservice.com, [email protected]) People needing assistance from Saline Area Social Service can visit from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, or from 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
Graden said the district may in the future divert part of its food distribution to Saline Area Social Service again.
The school district plans to distribute food through the end of the scheduled school year, which was set to end June 5.
Face-to-face class was canceled by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.