Although school districts are closing, district staff will continue to be paid during the closure and students will be fed. This week, school districts in Story County canceled classes through April 12 and worked together to develop various plans of action in the wake of COVID-19.


Beginning Monday, Ames, and other school districts in Story County will begin serving grab-and-go meals to select locations. Some districts, such as Nevada, Gilbert, and Collins-Maxwell are asking families to fill out forums ahead of picking up meals.


“The USDA has allowed the Department of Education to allow school districts to basically implement their Summer Foods service program earlier than the summer,” Ames school district director of communications Eric Smidt said.


Ames Community School District


All Ames school students – ages 18 and under – can pick-up meals at Mitchell, Meeker, and Sawyer elementary beginning Monday.


The district is not planning on creating a pre-registration page, as all students from all buildings are able to pick up food at any of these sites from on Monday through Friday. Meals for students will include breakfast and lunch, and students will be able to grab two days worth of meals at one time, according to Smidt.


To accommodate those who live outside of the three pick-up locations, the district is partnering with Durham School Service to provide shuttles for students at stops around the Ames community. The district did not specifically choose these three locations, according to Smidt.


“The region these schools reside in – a certain percentage of that population does qualify for free-and-reduced lunch, so we are actually not able to have this provided at any of our other school buildings,” Smidt said.


The full list is published online at the district website and includes the following stops:


‘Mitchell A’ route to Mitchell Elementary - Laverne Apartments, Tangerine & Orange


‘Mitchell B’ route to Mitchell Elementary - Browning & Morse, Meadow Lane Trailer Park (office)


‘Meeker A’ route to Meeker Elementary - E 7th & Crawford


‘Meeker B’ route to Meeker Elementary - S 4th & Walnut


‘Meeker C’ route to Meeker Elementary - Wheeler & Roy Key, Melrose & 26th St.


‘Meeker D’ route to Meeker Elementary - 2222 Prairie View W, 2223 Prairie View W, 2224 Prairie View W, 2225 Prairie View W, 2226 Prairie View W, 2227 Prairie View W


‘Sawyer A’ route to Sawyer Elementary - Florida & Hutchison, Delaware & Utah


‘Sawyer B’ route to Sawyer Elementary - Todd & Alcott, Lincoln Swing & Abraham, Hickory & Westbrook


‘Sawyer C’ route to Sawyer Elementary - 4348 Maricopa, 4349 Maricopa, 4350 Maricopa, 4351 Maricopa, 4352 Maricopa, 4353 Maricopa, Tripp & Dotson


Nevada Community School District


Grab-and-go meals will be picked up at the high school circle drive from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and patrons are to remain in their vehicles for curb-side delivery. Prior to pick-up, families are encouraged to fill out an online forum which asks for a guardian name, the number of students who will need meals for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and also the number of students who will need meals for Thursday and Friday.


For Monday’s pick-up, meals will include breakfast for five days and lunch for three days, and Thursday’s pick-up will include lunch for two days.


The sign-up period each week will be take begin at 8 a.m. on Friday to 12 p.m. on Saturday for the following week’s meals.


“Food insecurity is a reality for many children and families, especially during times of extended school closures,” Nevada superintendent Steve Gray said. “Much like our summer food program, we hope to assist those in need.”


A new link will be sent each week the closure continues, according to the district.


Gilbert Community School District


On Wednesday, Gilbert schools posted their plan for grab-and-go, peanut-free meals on the district’s Facebook page. Those in the Gilbert district are encouraged to request meals by filling out an online forum posted by the district.


If patrons are unable to reach the online link, the district is encouraging individuals to call 515-735-6120 and leave a message with dates and the number of meals requested.


Gilbert students can pick-up meals at the south side parking lot of the high school from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.


“These are uncertain times and we want to do whatever we can to help members of our Gilbert Tiger Community,” the Gilbert community school district wrote on the district’s Facebook page on Wednesday. “Some members of our student body rely on GCSD to provide a nutritional breakfast and lunch.”


“As a result, this extended break will be even more challenging for some members of our Gilbert Family.”


Collins-Maxwell Community School District


In order to receive a grab-and-go lunch from the Collins-Maxwell district, patrons are required to fill out an online form beforehand, according to an online announcement made on Friday. Meals will not be handed out without a form.


Students ages 18 and under can receive meals from the district at the Collins-Maxwell Elementary main entrance and Collins-Maxwell MS/HS activities entrance from 11-11:45 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Students will receive two lunch meals on Monday and Wednesday, and one lunch on Friday.


When picking up meals, the district requests visitors stay in vehicles as a staff member will bring the meal over. If not arriving in a vehicle, the district requests visitors maintain social distance guidelines of at least 6 feet and wait for instructions from staff.


Questions are to be directed to the district’s Food service director Sheila Anderson at shanderson@collins-maxwell.k12.ia.us


Colo-NESCO Community School District


The Colo-NESCO Community School District is offering meal pick-ups Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for students 18 and under at the following locations: the Colo MS/HS at 11:30 a.m.; Zearing Elementary School at 11:45 a.m.; and McCallsburg Daycare Center at 12:00 p.m.


Parents can request meals via an online form on the district’s website.


Parents may elect which days they wish to have these meals on the form below. The meal will consist of two breakfasts and two lunches and are at no-cost to students.


For any questions regarding the meals, parents can contact the Colo MS/HS office if you have questions at 641-377-2282.


Roland-Story Community School District


Grab-and-go lunches will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, March 23 for Roland-Story students. Meals can be picked up at the the main entrance of Roland-Story Elementary School (900 Hillcrest Drive in Story City) and Roland-Story Middle School (206 South Main in Roland), according to information posted online by the school district.


“The district is working on ways to fund this effort and provide these meals to all students for free,” the district wrote on the school’s Facebook page. “Until we can do this, all students who currently qualify for free or reduced school meals will not be charged.”


“The district already gets reimbursement from the federal government for those meals. Students who do not qualify for free or reduced meals will have their meal accounts charged, $2.75 per lunch.”


If meals cannot be picked up, families can arrange a home delivery if they live within district boundaries. To make this request, or make a request to accommodate food allergies, families are encouraged to call the district’s central office at 515-733-4301.


Ballard


The Ballard school district will be providing free grab-and-go meals to all children 18 and under between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, beginning on Monday, March 23, in the parking lot or bus lane at participating locations. Monday and Wednesday meals will include two days of breakfast and lunch items. Friday meals will include three days of breakfast and lunch items. Children must be present to receive meals.


Locations where meals will be distributed are: the Slater Fire Department: 307 Main St, Slater; Slater Baptist Church: 601 Story St, Slater; Cambridge Methodist Church: 215 Second St, Cambridge; Kelley City Park, Corner of Grace St and Giddings, Kelley; Ballard Middle School (front driveway): 509 N. Main Ave, Huxley; Ballard Plaza: U.S. Highway 69, Huxley; New Horizons Mobile Home Park, 511 E. First St, Huxley. If you are in need of delivery, please contact the Ballard District Office at 515-597-2811 or Amber Jungst at ajungst@ballard.k12.ia.us.