Missouri (Press Release) — Sedalia School District is planning on providing meals for students in need. Sedalia School District #200 and Heartland Redistribution Solutions and Support, are supplying meals through a grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Deliveries will begin Monday, March 23. A sack including breakfast, lunch and dinner meals will be provided Monday through Friday for eligible students during the period that the district is out of school, currently through April 3. The meals will be delivered by First Student buses on their standard daily routes at students’ regular bus stops. The deliveries will be made on the district’s two-hour delayed start schedule. Eligible students who typically walk to school or ride in a car will be able to pick up meal bags from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the school they attend. Parents need to have children with them in order to pick up food.

Sedalia 200 Assistant Superintendent Dr. Nancy Scott, who is overseeing the meal distribution effort, praised Heartland and district food service director Rowena Nickell for ensuring students have access to nutritious food while schools are closed.

“As we faced the prospect of having to extend our time out of school, it was apparent that we needed to address students’ nutritional needs. Thankfully, as soon as we mentioned this to Sue Foster at Heartland and to Rowena, they were able to create a solution in a matter of hours,” Scott said.

The district extends its gratitude to the many community volunteers, churches and donors who are helping make daily meal distribution possible, including: McDonald’s/Charlie Marshall Family Cornerstone Baptist Church First Baptist Church Wood’s Supermarkets Jack Menges Bethlehem Baptist Church First United Methodist Church Sedalia School District #200 staff.