Meals not being missed

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Local school districts keep kitchens cooking

With students out of school through April 3 for a wellness break, in response to concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus), school districts have continued to find a way to keep their kitchens going and not let children go hungry.

Richard Asbill, Cassville superintendent, said Wednesday was the first day of its “Meals on the Bus” service, providing lunch and the next day’s breakfast.

To order meals, people may call 417-847-4042 from 7-10 a.m., and grab-and-go pick-up is available from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the following locations: the primary/middle school cafeteria, Butterfield First Baptist Church, Eagle Rock Shore Line Campground (across from the Eagle Rock Corps of Engineers), golden First Baptist Church and the Jenkins Fire Station. Students in the Shell Knob area may pick up meals at the Shell Knob school district beginning Monday. For that service, people may call 417-858-6743, ext. 201.

Starting Tuesday, pick-up will be at the following times: 11 a.m. in Golden, Butterfield and Jenkins, and 11:30 a.m. in Eagle Rock and at Cassville Middle School

Meals are free to anyone 18 and under.

“We appreciate our partners and the churches and fire department,” Asbill said. We know this is a challenging time, and as we get further into the wellness break, we hope people will call so we can deliver the food to students.”


Tosha Tilford, Southwest superintendent, said the district will load school buses with breakfasts and lunches and will drive normal bus routes to drop food off to students.

“That will start on the 24th and would be free for anyone 18 and under,” she said.

The buses will leave at 8:30 a.m. For those who are not regular bus riders or whose child is at a different location, buses will be giving grab-and-go meals at the People’s Bank of Washburn and the People’s Bank of Seligman from 8:40-10 a.m.

Daycares would need to go pick up meals for the number of children in their care.

This will continue throughout the wellness break on the days school was scheduled to be in session.


The Exeter school district on Wednesday delivered meals to homes of students in the district, also taking the opportunity to drop off learning materials.

“We ran our bus routes all day, with teachers delivering meals and supplemental learning packets and Chromebooks,” said Ernest Raney, Exeter superintendent. “[On Thursday], we will start a grab-and-go meal service from 11 a.m. to noon at the elementary school, where people can drive through the car line and get a lunch and next day’s breakfast.”

Meals are free for anyone 18 and under.


On Wednesday the Purdy school district began providing free breakfast, lunch and dinner for all students 18 and under, and it will continue the service throughout the duration of the wellness break.

The service is provided Mondays through Fridays. Each student will receive three bagged meals, one breakfast and lunch provided by the district’s food service kitchen, and one dinner provided by Life 360.

Meals may be picked up at the grab-and-go line on the north side of the school, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

People may get in the line and a volunteer will bring the meals to vehicles in front of the High School Gym.


Lance Massey, Wheaton superintendent, said Wheaton is offering lunch and the next day's breakfast for pickup in a line in front of the elementary school from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Again, the meal is free to children 18 and under.

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