Glen Lake School buses deliver meals to families in need, despite school closing

From staff reports

Glen Lake Community Schools is delivering free breakfasts and lunches to families of its students who qualify for free- or reduced-price meals during the statewide school shutdown. According to superintendent secretary Bethany Pousho, this includes approximately 25% of Glen Lake’s 700 students.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer last week ordered all K-12 schools to shut down starting today until, at least, early April to slow the spread of Coronavirus in Michigan.

School bus drivers will deliver breakfasts and lunches on all school days, Monday-Friday (this does not include Spring Break). Anyone in the school district in need of free breakfast and lunch can sign up for deliveries by calling Becca Chavalia in the school kitchen at 231-334-3061 ext. 503.

“We wanted to get this done before we closed the school last week,” said Pousho. “This was important to us.”

Suttons Bay delivers via van

Suttons Bay Public Schools is delivering lunches and breakfasts (for the following morning) to 104 students whose families qualify for free- or reduced-price lunch during the statewide school shutdown. Suttons Bay is delivering those meals in a van, since the school’s bus drivers are all over age 60, and thus at greater risk of contracting Coronavirus, said the school’s chief operations officer Tim Smith.

On Thursdays, the school will also deliver weekend food bags supplied by Leelanau Christian Neighbors’ “Blessings in a Backpack” program for families in need. Those bags will “double up” on the Thursday prior to Spring Break. (Learn about the impact and importance of Blessings in a Backpack in our August 2019 story, FoodCorps, partners reinforce school nutrition at Suttons Bay.

Other Leelanau County schools and businesses are also taking steps to make food available for families in need during this crisis. We’ll update you as we learn more ….

Leelanau neighbors, please practice social distancing, stay home, wash hands, and stay safe!