Any child in the Green Lake School District in need of a meal can find one at the school, beginning Sunday, March 29.

   The Green Lake School Board made that decision at its meeting last week Wednesday after receiving the suggestion from district administrators. The change is expanding their food service to all students ages 18 and under, instead of only their free and reduced meal plan families.

   Superintendent Mary Allen explained the school served breakfast and lunch to about 22 families who were interested that week, but noted district staff are looking at expanding the program to all families.

   “Most of the districts are doing it for all kids, and so we want to talk about what that would look like,” she said. “We're talking about possibly doing a drive-through ... We have some ideas that might be good for the community because a lot of people are out there with their kids and they're working [and] they don't have ways to get them lunches, so we may have some ideas as to how to help people in the community.”

   Allen noted as the district staff continue to consider the possibility, they will have to look at the cost of providing free meals for district families.

   “Again, we'll have to … keep that under consideration. But I think we would be looking for maybe some community support on that,” she said.

   Accounts Manager Tom Archambo added many school districts are receiving support from area businesses to make such an expanded food service plan feasible.

   After district staff met last week Thursday, Allen noted to the Commonwealth, “We have decided to extend food service beginning Sunday, March 29 until the end of the closure to all families in the district who need it. Families received a survey so we will be prepared to meet their needs by offering a pick-up or delivery service after spring break.”

   She added the district will offer two pick-up and delivery days: Sunday and Wednesday, which will provide breakfasts and lunches to district families that need them.

   Though several plans are in place already, Allen noted, “We've had community members reach out to help, but we are still in the planning phase.”