Life360 providing school meals
Life360 Community Services stepped in to provide food for Monett school children on Friday while the school district was officially on school break, and a new distribution system went place on Tuesday.
According to Drew Forsman with Life360, a dinner meal became available at the historic Monett National Bank building, located at 322 E. Broadway, on Friday. Forsman said beginning Monday, Life360 was making available both a breakfast and a dinner meal for the entire week, 14 meals, that can be picked up at the bank in one visit. He hoped this would save families from having to come for each day’s meal in a separate trip.
“Food will be available for anyone age 18 and under,” Forsman said.
Life360 also provided food for the Kiddie City daycare on Friday, Forsman said. The sudden demand for additional food has placed some strain on Life360’s supply lines. Forsman is hoping to have another truck of food delivering over the weekend to stock up for next week’s distribution.
The Monett school district announced Friday that the meal distribution strategy began on Tuesday. Instead of stationing buses at four of the locations used this week — Marshall Hill, Heim Mobile Home Park, Fairway Avenue and Euclid and Logan — buses would continue to deliver to those places as a bus stop. arriving to drop off meals and moving to the next site, rather than positioning in that location for 90 minutes.
Meals will continue to be available at the Dollar General parking lot at Eighth and Broadway, and in the cafeteria serving the middle school and intermediate school on Ninth Street, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
There are four bus routes established for meal distribution.
• Route 1: 11:15 Layton’s Daycare, 11:25 Aaron Ave., 11:30 a.m. Amanda Ave., 11:40 a.m. Chestnut St., 11:45 a.m. West Crestwood, 11:55 a.m. Cedarbrook, noon Northgate, 12:10 Fairway.
• Route 2: Euclid and Logan, 11:35 Myrtle and Logan, 11:45 Eisenhower and Dunn, 11:55 Crestview, 12:05 Lincoln and Logan, 12:15 County Street and Frisco, 12:25 West Scott, 12:35 Countryside Christian Church on Nellie.
• Route 3: 11:10 The Adventure Club at Kiddie City, 509 Dairy; 11:20 Marshall Hill, 11:40 a.m. 11th and Bond, 11:45 St. Lawrence Catholic Church at 405 Seventh St., 11:55 13th and Cleveland, 12:05 Brookside Circle, 12:30 Freistatt Insurance, 12:45 Ninth and Ryan.
• Route 4: Heim Moble Home Park, 11:30 Z Highway, Farm Road 2220 in Lawrence County, Farm Road 1100 in Lawrence County, 12:05 Old Airport Road.
Operations Director Steve Garner said the district was preparing “just over 1,000 meals” for distribution on Tuesday. Meals are free as long as families were signed up, and available to children age 18 and under, even preschool children. Even children visiting could receive a meal if registered. Families could continue to sign up using the form on the district’s website or Facebook page. Forms have also been emailed to parents. Registration forms are available online at https://forms.gle/t2bAGaYohqZdxc1AA.
If anyone has issues, Garner invited them to call 354-2181 and staff would return the call.