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Ohio County Schools To Distribute Meals Again to Students

WHEELING — Shipments of food for school students will be coming to Ohio County Schools next week, and free meals again will be provided to children ages 2-18.

The school district announced it will distribute a first round of meals this Tuesday to students, then prepare a multi-day bag of food to give out on Friday.

After this week, meal distribution will resume one time a week as schools remain closed due to the coronavirus crisis. The distribution is likely to happen on Fridays to retain consistency, according to Superintendent Kim Miller.

The shipments of food are expected to come to the school district on Wednesday and Thursday for distribution on Friday, but school officials are adjusting the plan to provide an extra day of meals on Tuesday.

Renee Griffin, nutrition director for Ohio County Schools, will direct the school district’s cooks to prepare one bag with three days worth of meals for distribution this Tuesday.

After this, the school district will work with an outside vendor through the West Virginia Department of Education for remaining dates. Children will receive five days worth of food on those dates, and also be able to pick-up any hard copy instructional packets they may have requested.

Meal bags and instructional packets will be available for pickup from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bethlehem, Elm Grove, Madison, Ritchie, Middle Creek, West Liberty, and Woodsdale elementary schools, as well as Triadelphia and Bridge Street middle schools, and the Warwood School.

Additional mobile locations have been added to the pick-up site list, and Ohio County buses will be stationed at these locations — Hil Dar at Exley Center, Eagle Court at North Park, Quaker Steak and Lube at The Highlands, Wheeling Station, Glenn View Townhouses and the Valley Grove Fire Department.

United Dairy will be delivering half-gallons of milk to the school district that won’t be available until Friday.

Students still will receive online instructional packets through Schoology on Monday.

Miller announced earlier this week the school district was suspending its daily food distribution efforts following an order by Gov. Jim Justice for all state residents to shelter in place. Miller said the school district did not want to put their employees at risk.

There were also concerns whether school officials could keep up with the extreme demand for the meals being served. Over a six-day period, more than 22,000 meals were provided, according to Miller.

More than 7,000 meals went out on Monday this week before the food distribution was suspended. Many of the students and their families received additional food that day to tide them over for the week, she said.

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