The US Department of Agriculture is granting approval for school districts to continue meal distribution programs through June 30, 2020.
USD475 is taking action now to prepare its food service workforce for continuation of services.
“Our workforce remains excited and we have more than enough personnel willing to continue working past the end of the academic year,” stated Shelly Gunderson, Director of Child Nutrition for USD 475.
The District intends to continue its meal delivery to nine sites through this extended period. Meals are served weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All children ages 1 through 18 qualify to receive free meals but must be present at the pick-up site. A double allowance of meals is to be provided on Friday May 22nd to help meet nutritional needs over Memorial Day weekend.
Distribution sites include: Spring Valley, Sheridan, Westwood and Washington elementary schools as well as the Early Childhood Development Center and the Karns building in Junction City. The District is also serving Milford, Grandview and Seitz elementary schools. The Kansas Department of Education also encourages the District to serve private childcare centers deemed essential services in support of front line personnel with childcare needs. USD 475 is partnering with the local Ministerial Alliance to serve several private childcare centers in Junction City and Milford.
Due to pandemic restrictions and the need to operate in a controlled environment, the District will not be serving out of its non-traditional food distribution sites this summer including the 12th Street Community Building and Public Library.
Additional food resources available in Geary County can be found by clicking here.
Live Well Geary County has created an interactive map of food resources, which can be found at the following link: https://www.livewellgearycounty.org/free-food-resources