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Ottawa County schools offering free meal program during shutdown

Posted at 2:20 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 15:05:58-04

HOLLAND, Mich. — The Ottawa Area Intermediate School District is working to provide meals to every student in need during the state-mandated school closures due to coronavirus.

All the food services will be free regardless of whether a family qualifies for the free or reduced lunch program. Programs and pick-up dates vary by school district, but most are offering multiple chances to receive food for multiple days to limit the number of trips.

Children are not required to be with their parents to pick up the food.

Some districts are asking for advance information to ensure there is enough food for everyone in need. Parents are encouraged to check with their district ahead of time.

Pick-up procedures can be found online through the following districts:

  • Allendale: Program information and form to fill out before pickup
  • Coopersville
  • Grand Haven
  • Hamilton: Meals are available from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Hamilton High School. Food can also be picked up from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the high school, Bentheim Elementary School and Blue Star Elementary School
  • Holland
  • Hudsonville
  • Jenison: Meals will be available on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from March 17 to April 3 at Bursley Elementary, Rosewood Elementary, Bauerwood Elementary and Jenison High schools
  • Saugatuck
  • Spring Lake
  • West Ottawa
  • Zeeland