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St. Tammany schools resume 'Grab & Go' meals beginning Monday

1 year 1 month 5 days ago Tuesday, March 17 2020 Mar 17, 2020 March 17, 2020 4:49 PM March 17, 2020 in News
Source: WBRZ

ST. TAMMANY- The St. Tammany Parish school system will resume "Grab & Go" drive-thru meals at two public high schools from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday.

Anyone 18 and younger can get a hot lunch and a prepackaged breakfast at no cost on weekdays. A student ID is not required. Meals are made to take as there will be no sit-down service. 

The meal service will be available at Covington High School, 73030 Lion Drive, and Slidell High School, 1 Tiger Drive.

Beginning April 1, the school district will distribute the meals each Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at six different high schools and two junior high schools. 

The high schools participating in the "grab & go" program include Mandeville High; 1 Skipper Drive, Mandeville; Fontainebleau High, 100 Bulldog Drive, Mandeville; Lakeshore High, 26031 La. 1088, Mandeville; Northshore High, 100 Panther Drive, Slidell; Pearl River High, 39110 Rebel Lane, Pearl River; and Salmen High, 300 Spartan Drive, Slidell.

The junior high schools participating in the program include Pitcher Junior High; 415 S. Jefferson Ave., Covington, and Slidell Junior High, 333 Pennsylvania Ave.

Both of the daily and weekly meal options are free of charge and open to all children 18 and younger, even if they do not attend a St. Tammany school.

Superintendent Trey Folse says the district has partnered with local community businesses to prepare and distribute the meals using their facilities, staff, food, and other resources.

"We have worked with local, state, and health officials to find this alternative way to distribute food to families in our community while helping to ensure the health and safety of all those involced," Folse said.

In addition to the free meals, all 55 public schools in the St. Tammany Parish system will open for parents on Wednesday to retrieve medications and personal items remaining on campus.

The schools will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a 12-hour window provided to accommodate the varying work hours of working parents and guardians.

An earlier version of the 'grab & go' meal distribution ended Monday after Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the stay-at-home order. Over 45,000 meals were handed out in 4 days beginning March 18.

Changes were made to the original plan and services are on track to begin Monday, March 30.

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