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PCBOE expands student feeding program

Pike County students in need of meals will have two additional locations to pick up curbside lunches beginning Monday.

The Pike County Board of Education is expanding its child nutrition program to include locations in Meeksville and Springhill.

“Both of these locations will open on Monday,” said Dr. Mark Bazzell, superintendent.

Students who had previously received free or reduced lunches in the schools can pick up lunches from 11 a.m. to noon at the Meeksville Harmony Park at 1432 County Road 7714 or at the former Chevron Station in Springhill at 6270 Highway 167.

In addition, the school system will continue to distribute breakfast and lunch from 9 a.m. to noon daily at Pike County Elementary School and Goshen Elementary School to all children ages 18 and younger.

Troy City Schools provides the meals to students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily at Troy Elementary Schools.

The free meals are distributed as part of the federal National School Lunch Program, which ensures nutritional breakfasts and lunches for students in need. Normally, these meals are distributed through the school feeding programs, but all public schools have suspended in-class services for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

During 2018, the NSLP provided low cost or free lunches to 29.7 million children daily in grades pre-K through 12.