COVID-19 closure Frankford meals

In March, at Frankford Town Park, Indian River School District educators hand out meals during COVID-19-related school closures. The USDA Summer Food Service program distributed food during the summer, and meals bags will be distributed weekly this fall to both remote and hybrid learning students.

The Indian River School District will begin providing free meals for curbside pickup to all students on Wednesday, Sept. 23, as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program, which has been extended through Dec. 31 (contingent upon USDA funding).

Meals will be free of charge and available to all children 18 or younger. Service will take place every Wednesday from 10:45 a.m. to noon p.m. at the following locations:

• Georgetown Elementary School (front entrance)

• Howard T. Ennis School (cafeteria entrance by indoor swimming pool)

• Indian River High School (bus parking lot)

• Long Neck Elementary School (bus parking lot)

• Lord Baltimore Elementary School (parent drop-off/pick-up line)

• Millsboro Middle School (bus parking lot)

• North Georgetown Elementary School (bus parking lot)

• Selbyville Middle School (bus parking lot).

Parents or guardians may drive up to the meal distribution location, where a nutrition services staff member will hand them a “Meals to Go” package in a contactless fashion. Students utilizing the hybrid learning model will receive a five-day meal bag, while remote learners will receive a seven-day meal bag.

Hybrid students will have the opportunity to be served breakfast and lunch at their schools on the days they are receiving in-person instruction and those meals are also free of charge through Dec. 31(contingent upon USDA funding). This includes Sept. 17, 18, 21 and 22, prior to the start of curbside service on Sept. 23. Students who have selected the hybrid model but do not begin in-person instruction until October or November are entitled to a seven-day package until they begin attending school in-person.

Parents/guardians are being advised to clear space in their vehicle’s trunk prior to arrival.

Children do not have to be present at the distribution sites for families to receive meals. However, the district asks that parents/guardians please be respectful and only pick up meals for the children in their households. Additionally, food supplies may be limited the first few weeks of service as nutrition service staff assess the demand for meals and the food supplies needed to accommodate families.

If the child has a documented allergy note on file and parents are interested in picking up meals, parents should contact the IRSD Nutrition Services Department for reasonable dietary accommodations.

Although meals are free to all students under USDA guidelines through Dec. 31 (contingent on USDA funding), qualified families are being strongly encouraged to submit meal benefit forms for free and reduced-price meals for the 2020-2021 school year. The status of the Summer Food Service Program is undetermined after Dec. 31. When the Indian River School District resumes normal food service operations, meals served will be free, reduced-price or full price depending on individual student eligibility. For information, contact the IRSD Nutrition Services Department at (302) 436-1000.