FMSCD rolls out meal vans for residents Thursday

A Fort Madison Middle School food service worker loads meals into the back of a van Thursday morning. The meals were being delivered throughout Fort Madison and in Denmark and West Point as part of the FMCSD's meal program during the four-week shutdown. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC

Other county schools gearing up for additional student meal programs

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
PCC EDITOR

FORT MADISON – About 30 volunteers joined hands with Fort Madison school kitchen staff and administrators Thursday to start a district wide meal program during the current four-week school closure.

Tiffany Fullhart, the district’s director of food services said the district prepared 1,000 meal bags for delivery to 10 different locations Thursday morning. She said 600 people had signed up on the district’s web portal – 300 in the first hour the news was released to the media and on the district’s website.

According to the district’s website, the meals are for kids ages 1-18 and will be delivered between 11 and 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday at the following locations: Lincoln Elementary, Richardson Elementary, Fort Madison Middle School, Fort Madison High School, Old Settlers Park, Ivanhoe Apartments, Victory Park, FMCSD Central Offices, West Point on the square, and in Denmark at Star Park on Hwy. 16.

“What’s really important here is that the community know that this is for everyone,” she said. “There are no income guidelines.”

Fort Madison Community School District Superintendent Dr. Erin Slater, (center) talks with the district’s food service director, Tiffany Fullhart, right as delivery volunteers wait for instructions in the background Thursday morning at the Fort Madison Middle School. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC

The bags included food for breakfast items for the next day and cold lunch items. Each meal bag includes two milks, one white and one flavored.

Anyone interested in signing up for the meals can do so at the following link: https://www.fmcsd.org/2020/03/17/meals-for-kids-available-to-community-children/

Fullhart said it isn’t necessary to sign up, but doing so allows the district to better prepare in advance for the number of meals.

HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC

The Holy Trinity Catholic system is also planning a meal outreach. Elementary Principal Michael Sheerin said any Holy Trinity family in the Fort Madison or Central Lee district may contact the school and is eligible for meals.

“We are very grateful to those school administrators for providing such assistance and wish to make sure our families take advantage of these opportunities and contact us directly for help,” Sheerin wrote in a text to Pen City Current Thursday morning.

HTC’s program is also open to all families regardless of income. Families interested can call 319-372-2486 or 319-837-6131. If no one answers, Sheerin said to please leave a message as the systems are being set up to forward directly to school officials’ email accounts.

CENTRAL LEE

Central Lee will be starting a meal program on Monday, March 23.

Based on a Tuesday survey, the district is getting ready to deliver meals to homes starting Monday. Two meals will be delivered to homes and bags will include a breakfast and a lunch meal for students. The meal service is free for all district families and can include any children under the age of 18.

Open enrolled families must use your resident district for meal access. Like in Central Lee, these meals are free, but may require you to pick them up from a designated location. Information on area schools’ meal service is available on the district’s COVID-19 website: http://www.centrallee.org/district/about_central_lee/public_notice/c_o_v_i_d19_information

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