Even though schools across the state will be closed for the next two weeks, several Berks County school districts have announced plans to make sure students are fed.
When Gov. Tom Wolf announced the mandated closure on Friday, a move made to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, he also announced that the state Department of Education had received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will allow schools to provide "grab-and-go" meals to students. Several local school districts have already announced plans to do just that.
Here are the sites and times where free meals can be picked up. This list will be updated as districts provide information about their feeding plans.
Students will be able to pick up “grab-and-go” lunches at Boyertown High School starting Tuesday.
The meals will be available at the school’s loading dock between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Students who qualify for the federal free and reduced lunch program can pick up “grab-and-go” meals starting Monday.
The meals will be available from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Brandywine Height Intermediate/Middle School. They will be delivered through a drive-through model, where families pull up and remain in their vehicles as the food is handed to them.
The district will provide “grab-and-go” bagged lunches for students who currently qualify for the federal free and reduced lunch program starting Tuesday.
The bags will be available between noon and 1 p.m. at the main entrance to the high school.
Lunch and breakfast will be available for students who qualify for the federal free and reduced lunch program via “grab-and-go” bags starting Monday.
The meals can be picked up between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at the following locations:
• High school students — high school cafeteria entrance.
• Junior high and Reiffton School students — Reiffton School cafeteria entrance.
• Owatin Creek and Jacksonwald elementary students — Owatin Creek Elementary School cafeteria entrance.
• Lorane Elementary school students — Lorane Elementary School front entrance.
The eligible student will need to be present for the pickup of meals.
“Grab-and-go” lunches will be available starting Tuesday.
They can be picked up in front of Cumru Elementary School from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The lunches will be available for anyone under age 18.
The district will make free “grab-and-go” lunches available to all students beginning Tuesday. Students do not need to qualify for free or reduced lunch status to participate. Meals will be provided Monday through Friday, throughout the duration of the school closures.
The lunches will be available from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the high school parking lot and outside of the Highland Estates clubhouse.
Bagged lunches and breakfasts will be provided to students at five locations starting Monday.
The bags can be picked up between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at:
• West Lawn United Methodist Church, main parking lot next to the education building.
• Sinking Spring Library, back parking lot.
• Whitfield Elementary School, student drop-off area.
• Lincoln Park Pool
• Cornwall Terrace Elementary School/Southern Middle School complex, behind the schools at the red canopy.