April 2, 2020
Regardless of the weather, the Food Service Staff Members (Staff) of Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 (School District) are out at local parks providing breakfast and lunch for local students every weekday from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Meals have been provided since Monday, May 30, and, according to the School District, they’ve seen an increase in the number of meals served each day since then.
At Lower Ross Park, Staff set up two areas to hand out meals. While one member of Staff has meals available at a park bench, others work at an enclosed truck, handing out meals to those arriving in cars. As a car drives up, Staff asks for the number of children needing meals, then, for each child, provides a bag lunch and a bagged breakfast. Lunch typically consists of a sandwich, chips, and drinks (juice/chocolate milk). The breakfast bag might have cereal or toaster pastry, along with a drink and fruit.
The number of people served has increased each day, with about 2,500 children’s meals served on Monday, growing to 2,800 on Tuesday, and about 3,000 on Wednesday. The amount served at each location varies considerably. At Lower Ross Park, Staff is serving about 200 students per day, while other locations may have over 400 students served per day.
The increase in numbers caught the School District by surprise on Tuesday, but they quickly adapted, directing the overflow to the School District office where SD-25 employees bagged additional lunches and breakfasts to ensure no student went without.
To learn more about SD-25 and the free meal distribution, including a list of parks where the meals are provided, visit their Facebook page at: