Schools shore up food service plans

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

is be available at the Monett Intermediate/Middle School FEMA shelter cafeteria on Ninth Street between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Adult meals will be available at a cost of $1.65 for breakfast and $2.60 for lunch. Only cash payments will be accepted.

The school district is also running meals into the community via bus service. Buses will be located from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fairway apartments, Marshall Hill, the Heim Trailer Park, at Euclid and Logan, and at the Dollar General parking lot at Broadway and Ninth Street.

Helen Wink, Monett food service director, said 150 meals went out on five buses on Tuesday. Both lunches for the day and breakfast for the following morning can be picked up. Staff on site are writing down numbers, not names, or exchanging money.

Wink said the discussion began Monday afternoon about how to provide food to students during the break.

“Initially we talked about starting Wednesday, then we dove right in to do it today [Tuesday],” Wink said.

Meals were also delivered on Tuesday to three daycare centers in Monett. Wink said after several days, plans will further evolve. Five buses will head out at 10:45 a.m. daily to the reassigned locations with both breakfasts and lunches. Prepared meals will continue to be distributed at the middle/intermediate school cafeteria.

Pierce City

Kelli Alumbaugh, Pierce City superintendent, said Tuesday was the first day of Pierce City's grab-and-go service.

"We handed out 135 lunches on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, we handed out 167 and delivered 64 to those who called or requested delivery on our social media pages," Alumbaugh said.

Pierce City is offering breakfast and lunch free to anyone 18 and under. Pick-up is from 9:30-10:30 a.m. outside the high school office.


On Wednesday the Purdy school district began providing free breakfast, lunch and dinner for all students 18 and under, and it will continue the service throughout the duration of the wellness break.

The service is provided Mondays through Fridays. Each student will receive three bagged meals, one breakfast and lunch provided by the district’s food service kitchen, and one dinner provided by Life 360.

Meals may be picked up at the grab-and-go line on the north side of the school, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

People may get in the line and a volunteer will bring the meals to vehicles in front of the High School Gym.


Melody Whitehead, Verona elementary school principal, said Verona has put out a questionnaire to families to see whether they would prefer a grab-and-go service or a delivery service.

“We have a heart for our families, and our staff members will create a rotation to deliver meals themselves not using our school transportation services, but it’s still in the works,” she said. “We will also push out some learning opportunities online and get creative with apps like YouTube [and others] to keep up our interaction with students.”

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  • Just wondering where is the response from the Tony Simmons, Superintendent of Verona Schools? Can't give a response when you are vacationing in Mexico. The school board should really question the lack of leadership to go out of the country in the midst of this crisis. He should be relieved of his contract. No leadership whatsoever from Simmons. This is unacceptable.

    -- Posted by jmatney on Sat, Mar 21, 2020, at 11:37 AM
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