Meal service provided by El Reno Public Schools will return starting Monday despite the district not being in session due to the coronavirus epidemic.
As long as the district remains closed, it will operate four pickup locations Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 a.m.
Those sites will be Etta Dale, Rose Witcher, Hillcrest and Roblyer Learning Centers.
“We will run our summer food truck as necessary to cover satellite areas. We felt like these stops have the most potential mouths to feed and gets closer to the places kids would get to,” said El Reno Superintendent Craig McVay.
The remote sites and times will be:
▶ Holbrook Addition at 9 a.m.
▶ Townsend Street (west of Memorial Stadium) at 9:30 a.m.
▶ Old Booker T. Washington School at 10 a.m.
▶ Frank Knight Park at 10:30 a.m.
▶ Legion Park (swimming pool) at 11 a.m.
Each school site will have curbside service only. Walk-ups will be serviced but no one will be allowed into any school building to get meals.
“We will still serve walk-ups, they just will not be allowed into the buildings,” said McVay.
The district had already applied with the United States Department of Agriculture for the waiver to cover its summer feeding program. McVay said the request was approved.
“They have approved our waiver to feed anyone 18 and under that is in our school district or any district. I’ve been on the line with other district superintendents in our area and they know we will be providing food for anyone 18 and under. If they decide to use us, their district will have to pick up in person,” said McVay.
Cooks fall under McVay’s list of “essential personnel” and he and others will help drive some of the food trucks if needed.
McVay is waiting to hear from the USDA if the district will be allowed to hand out meals to cover breakfast and lunch.
“We intend to give out breakfast and lunch at the same time but we are waiting to hear from the USDA if they will allow us to do that and we have not gotten the word on that.
“One of the reasons we are handing out meals for two hours instead of just one is that period covers the normal times that we would be serving so we should be able to throw in two meals,” said McVay.
Riverside School lunch program
Riverside School will be delivering sack lunches each day the district is not in session starting Tuesday. Lunches are provided to anyone of need and they are not required to be Riverside students.
The service will be weekdays only and will be at the following locations and times:
▶ Elizabeth Place Apartments near main entrance (look for red/white Riverside small bus) at 11 a.m.
▶ Fort Reno Mobile Home Park, Route 66 El Reno (look for red/white Riverside small bus) at 11:30 a.m.
▶ Gregory and Sunflower Road northeast of El Reno (look for silver Riverside van) at 11 a.m.
▶ Riverside School, pick up lunches at west cafeteria door or sack lunch will be delivered to your car at 11 a.m.
Union City lunch program
Union City Public Schools will serve two weekday meals starting Monday to anyone in the community ages 18 and under. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. and lunch at 11:30 a.m.
Meals will be served in a drive-through style setting at the school cafeteria.
“They drive up and we will hand them the meals. They won’t need any identification. The way I understand, it’s for anyone up to the age of 18,” said Superintendent Todd Carel.
Calumet lunch program
Calumet Public Schools will be offering meal service to those ages 18 and under starting Monday. The service will be Monday through Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.
The meals will be distributed in a drive-up style setting at the elementary school cafeteria. Breakfast and lunch meals will be handed out at the same time during operation hours.