Lawrence schools to offer free grab-and-go meals for kids

photo by: Chris Conde/Journal-World File Photo

Liberty Memorial Central Middle School is pictured in September 2018.

The Lawrence school district will begin offering free breakfast and lunch for pickup by children at several of its buildings around town.

Classes remain suspended after the Lawrence-Douglas County health department on Friday ordered all public and private schools closed for two weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Five sites around town will offer grab-and-go meals for children beginning Tuesday morning, the district announced Monday. Until Friday, March 27, the meals will be available weekdays from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., while supplies last, at Hillcrest Elementary, 1045 Hilltop Dr.; Kennedy Elementary School, 1605 Davis Road; Schwegler Elementary, 2201 Ousdahl Road; Billy Mills Middle School, 2734 Louisiana St.; and Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, 1400 Massachusetts St.

Children can visit any site, regardless of school attendance, and the sites were chosen in accordance with guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture, the district said.

The meals will be available to anyone under 18 years old. The district said no paperwork will be required, but children must be present to receive the breakfast and lunch sacks. District staff will prepare and distribute the meals, and no volunteers are currently needed.


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