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Ottawa Area Schools providing free meals to families during COVID-19

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Posted at 8:55 PM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 20:55:56-04

HOLLAND, Mich. — Sunday evening, the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OASID) announced that schools throughout their district service region will continue to serve free meals to students while they continue their schooling outside the classroom during COVID-19.

The week of March 22, the eleven K-12 public school districts combined served 94,688 meals to students, not including charter and nonpublic schools, with breakfast making up nearly half of those meals

“Providing meals to students may alleviate some of the stress caused by this unprecedented time,” OAISD Director of Facility Management and Transportation Angela Brown said. “It is heartwarming to see school staff and volunteers working together to serve all children and their families in our community.”

As of April 2, the Hudsonville/Jenison Food Service teams have served nearly 37,000 meals in the community.

“The Hudsonville/Jenison Food Service employees continue to amaze me with their dedication to feeding our families,” Superintendent for Jenison Public Schools Tom TenBrink said. “Serving others is what we are all about, and our food service teams and all those involved in this effort, model that every day in every way.”

An interactive map of meal distribution locations is available on the Ottawa Area ISD website . The map may also be accessed at oaisd.org/covid-19-freestudentmealsmap. If you or someone you know is experiencing food insecurity, ways to receive help can be found at the OASID website.