GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — As Michigan students stay home the next three weeks, districts have set up varying ways to distribute food to those who rely on school meals.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered the shutdown of all K-12 schools on Thursday, March 12, in order to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus. As of Monday morning, there are 53 cases in the state and five cases in West Michigan. Schools will remain closed until April 6, but that date is also subject to change.
Most school districts have quickly come up with plans to distribute meals to students, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a waiver that allows Michigan schools to deliver food using alternative methods.
These meals are free to school aged children under 18-years-old and to students with special needs up to age 26. Parents can pick up meals on behalf of their children.
Here's a full list of available meal distribution plans for West Michigan schools broken down by county and district.
Kent ISD announced Sunday that more than a dozen of the 20 public school districts have a meal program in place. Remaining districts are working to finalize plans.
Byron Center Public Schools
Beginning Monday, 3/16 1 p.m.- 2 p.m. at Brown Elementary & Byron Center High School. Additional planning and details being finalized Monday.
Caledonia Community Schools
Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Duncan Lake Middle (behind school at Food Service & Shipping doors).
Cedar Springs Public Schools
Beginning Monday, 3/16 11 a.m. at Cedar Springs High School, with more details to come.
Comstock Park Public Schools
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at York Creek Leasing Office Area, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. at Mobile Home Park on West River Dr., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Comstock Park High School
East Grand Rapids Public Schools
Staff have coordinated with Grand Rapids Public Schools, or existing food service providers, to ensure families know about available meal pick-up sites. Additionally, door-to-door meal deliveries have been arranged for those who need them. Families can contact email@example.com for information.
Forest Hills Public Schools
Tuesday, Friday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at Central High School, Eastern Middle/High School, Northern High School.
Godfrey Lee Public Schools
Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Early Childhood Center outside gym, front of Godfrey Elementary, back of Lee Middle/High School.
Godwin Heights Public Schools
Wednesdays 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at North Godwin Elementary.
Grand Rapids Public Schools
Monday-Friday 11:30am-12:30pm New Faith Temple, San Juan Diego Academy, Creston Plaza Apartments, Campau Commons, Hope Academy, Sibley Elementary, Ottawa Hills High School
Grandville Public Schools
Varies Wednesday, Friday 3/18, 20 10:00am-1:00pm at Grandville Middle
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3/23, 25, 27 10:00am-1:00pm at Grandville Middle
Monday, Wednesday 3/30, 4/1 10:00am-1:00pm at Grandville Middle
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3/23, 25, 27 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Grandville Middle, curbside.
Monday, Wednesday 3/30, 4/1 10 a.m-.1 p.m. at Grandville Middle, curbside.
Kelloggsville Public Schools
Beginning 3/18 & 20, then Monday, Wednesday, Friday through 4/3 11:30am-12:30pm at Kelloggsville High School (Division Ave. entrance student drop off area)
Kenowa Hills Public Schools
Beginning 3/17, Monday-Friday through school closure 10:15am-1:30pm at planned bus routes, staff will deliver meals to students or parents throughout neighborhoods in the district. Weekend meals planned for Friday deliveries with the help of community partners.
Kent City Community Schools
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at elementary atrium and bus drop off areas.
Kentwood Public Schools
Tuesday, Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in cafeterias at Glenwood Elementary, Crestwood Middle, Valleywood Middle, Freshman Campus.
Lowell Area Schools
Tuesday, Friday 11 a.m.-12 p.m. & 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at Alto Elementary and at Impact Church.
Northview Public Schools
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at Northview High School.
Rockford Public Schools
Beginning 3/17, then Monday-Friday until further notice 9am-11am from Rockford High School (door #3 located at the front). Extra meals will be provided on Fridays for the weekend. For additional food-related needs, families can call 616-863-6037.
Sparta Area Schools
3/17 and Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 11am-1pm at Sparta High School (main entrance)
- Beginning 3/18, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
- Balyeat Field (parking lot)
- Algoma Township Sports Park (Algoma Ave. parking lot)
- Parkwood Green Village Community Center
- Sparta Baptist Church (parking lot)
- Trinity Lutheran Church (parking lot)
- Riverview Mobile Home Park (playground)
- Glenwood Mobile Home Park
Thornapple Kellogg Schools
Mondays and Thursdays - 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at Thornapple Kellogg Middle School. Curbside. Use service drive to reach loading dock.
Wyoming Public Schools
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12 p.m.-1 p.m. at West Elementary, Wyoming Junior High.
West Catholic/All Saints Academy/Holy Spirit/Holy Trinity/St. Anthony of Padua
These schools are partnering to provide breakfast and lunch at the front of the gym entrance at West Catholic High School. Distribution will begin on Wednesday, March 18th from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Vegetarian, gluten-free and peanut-free items will also be available. Parents may stop by to pick up meals for their children. Any family that is unable to pick up meals and may be in need of delivery, please email Mary Jo Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ottawa Area ISD has released an interactive map with food distriubtion locations. The map is searchable by address or "use my location" and can be accessed on the Ottawa Area ISD website.
Allendale Public Schools
District asks that parents fill out this form to help provide an approximate count.
Serving food to any child under the age of 18 on Tuesdays: March 17, March 24 and March 31. Just stop by the APS bus and pick one up. Locations:
EAST APS BUS
11:20@ Knollwood (Clubhouse/Mailboxes)
11:50@ Boulder Ridge (Mailboxes behind Clubhouse)
12:15 @ Allendale Meadows (Mailboxes behind Clubhouse)
WEST APS BUS
11:20@ Iglesia Alas de Aguila (parking lot on 64th)
11:50 @ Allendale Middle School (bus parking lot)
12:15 @ Springview Elementary (North lot - Pine Valley Ct & Learning Ln)
KITS INCLUDE 5 MEALS:
Jamwich Sandwich (Peanut Butter & Jelly)
Strawberry Fruit Cup
Cheese stick, Yogurt Cup
Cherry Apple Crunch Bar
Lucky Charms Cereal, Cinnamon Graham
Ham & American Sub
Broccoli w/ Ranch
Blue Raspberry Applesauce
Chips & Cheese
Mini Rice Krispie
(Meals subject to minor changes, based on availability.)
The district also compiled a list of food assistance information here.
Black River Public Schools
Students will be served by Holland Public Schools, per the district website.
Coopersville Area Public Schools
Tuesdays and Fridays - multiple meals provided each day
Coopersville Area District Library - 10 to 10:45 a.m.
Coopersville Timberline Estate (Clubhouse) 11 to 11:45 p.m.
(M/W/F) Trinity Lutheran School 11 - 11:30 a.m.
Other community resources listed here.
Grand Haven Area Public Schools
The district is providing a week's worth of food on two different dates: Monday, March 30 and Monday, April 6. Breakfasts and lunches will be provided to anyone under 18 years old. Pick-up times are 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Locations are Ferry Elementary, Lake Hills Elementary, Robinson Elementary, and River Haven Village.
Pick-ups will no longer occur at Hope Church.
Families without transportation can call 850-5040 or email email@example.com to arrange delivery. Supplemental weekend food from Love in Action will also be available at pickup locations.
Families who need additional food support should contact Love in Action at 846-2701 for help accessing local food pantries.
Per a new release, the following donation centers are collecting non-perishable goods for those in need: Tri-Cities Family YMCA, D&W Fresh Market, Love in Action, All Shores Wesleyan Church and Grand Haven City Hall.
Holland Public Schools
Meals will be made available Mondays and Wednesday 9-11 a.m. at the following locations:
- Park Christian Reformed Church - 1496 West 32nd Street
- St Francis de Sales Catholic Church - 171 W 13th St
- Providence Church - 821 Ottawa Ave
- Christ Memorial - 595 Graafschap
- Stratford Way Apartments - 450 Stratford Way
- Meadowlanes Townhomes - 287 Meadow Lane Dr.
- Harbor Village Apartments - 287 West 40th Street
- Crown Point Apartments - 1180 Matt Urban Drive
- Maple Ave Church & Ministries - 427 Maple Ave
- Hope Church - 77 West 11th Ave
- BLVD Church - 238 West 15th Street
- Trinity Reformed - 712 Apple Avenue
- Calvary Church on 8th - 995 E 8th St
- Lincoln Estates Mobile Home Park - 1139 Lincoln Ave
- Willow Park Mobile Home Park - 1055 Lincoln Ave
- Ridge Point Community Church - 340 104th Ave
- First Reformed Church - 630 State Street
Monday's deliveries will consist of two days of breakfast and two days of lunch. Wednesday's deliveries will consist of three days of breakfast and three days of lunch.
Hudsonville Public Schools
District is offering free breakfast and lunch for children in need during the statewide school closure. Any child age 0-18 (or up to age 26, for young adults with special needs) can get meals on weekdays beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, through April 3, 2020. Lunch will be offered at the following locations from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.:
Hudsonville High School – 5037 32nd Ave, Hudsonville
Riley Middle School – 2745 Riley Street, Hudsonville
Baldwin Middle School – 3835 Baldwin Street, Hudsonville
Alward Elementary School – 3811 Port Sheldon St, Hudsonville
You may drive-up or walk to any site, simply grab and go. Parents are allowed to pick up meals for children at home. The meals will be served in school parking lots, and additional locations may open depending on demand.
Jenison Public Schools
Daily breakfast and lunch will begin Tuesday, March 17, 2020. It will continue every weekday through April 3 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bursley, Sandy Hill, Bauerwood, & Jenison High School.
Spring Lake Public Schools
District will be providing sack meals that are free to any child 18 and under.
Students will receive five breakfasts and five lunches at each pick up. Meals will be distributed in a pick up/ drive through style at SLPS Central Office at 345 Hammond St. Spring Lake, MI 49456. Meals will be brought out to you as only staff will be allowed in the building.
The meal pick up times will be as follows:
Tuesday, March 17th from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Monday, March 23rd from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m
Monday, March 30th from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m
Parents may pick up meals without a child present.
If you are in need of food assistance but are unable to make it to the pick up, please contact Meaghan Beyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Ottawa Public Schools
District is delivering food by bus to 45 different sites on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Click here for pickup sites.
Zeeland Public Schools:
ZPS Administration and ZPS Food Service are finalizing plans to provide food to all children ages 18 and younger in our community. Please note parents can pick up meals for children and children do not need to be present to receive food. Additionally, children do not need to be ZPS students to receive food. This service is open to all families in our community. If your child has a food allergy, please email email@example.com for full assistance.
With all locations, we ask that participants engage in social distancing and practice proper hygiene before and after meal service pick up.
For Monday March 16, ZPS will host four meal locations:
Location #1 Maple Valley Mobile Home Community 3 - 3:45 pm
Location #2 Logan Estates Mobile Home Community 3 - 3:45 pm
Location #3 Ottogan Mobile Home Community 3 - 3:45 pm
Location #4 The Bridge Youth Center, 210 E. Main Street 12:00 - 6:00 pm. This site will operate both a walk-up and drive-up service. For those who utilize the drive-up service, please use the parking lot on the east side of the building. Please remain in your car and a volunteer will assist with providing the number of meals needed. Other household supplies may also be available upon request at this location only.
Beginning Wednesday, March 18, ZPS will operate a regular meal delivery schedule. This schedule has identified 21 locations with meals available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Each day will provide 2+ days worth of food provisions. This schedule is being fine-tuned and will be finalized and published Monday by ZPS.
Those seeking to make donations or receive distributions of food, non-perishable household items, or clothing are encouraged to utilize Harvest Stand in Zeeland. Please check with Harvest Stand for open hours.
Hand2Hand, a food program within all ZPS buildings, will be working out of City on a Hill. Food delivery through this program is available by calling 616.283.2645.
Feeding America is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 from 6-7 p.m. outdoors at Roosevelt Elementary. Due to the critical importance of this event, we aim to keep this event on as scheduled unless directed otherwise.
Anyone requiring additional coordination of resources can contact Lana Kamer at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 616.283.2645.
Hamilton Public Schools
Meals available at the high school on Tuesday, March 17 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and then again on Friday, March 20, at the high school, Bentheim Elementary and Blue Star Elementary.
Muskegon Public Schools
Buses will make one run per day with breakfast and lunch for each child. The child or parent will need to come to the bus stop to pick up the food.
Click here for a list of bus stops and times.
Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays buses will deliver meals at regular bus stops throughout the community. The first stop will be at 11:30 a.m. Parents can pick up meals on their child's behalf. The buses will make 42 different stops in addition to door-to-door service for students with special needs. Two days worth of breakfast and lunch will be provided on Mondays and Wednesdays and three days worth of both meals will be provided on Fridays. Meals are available to any child under the age of 18, whether they attend a district school or not. The district will practice social distancing during food delivery. More information will be posted on the district Facebook page and website.
Whitehall Public Schools
Curbside pick up 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Friday at Whitehall Middle School and Lakewood Club Village Hall at 668 Automobile Ave. A mobile route is in development. Several days worth of meals will be provided in each sack.
Reeths-Puffer Public Schools
7 days of meals (breakfast and lunch) will start Wednesday, March 18 at the high school.
9:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Last Names A-N
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Last Names O-Z
12 p.m. to 1 p.m. - If you missed your time.
Holton Public Schools
All students under the age of 18 and students with special needs up to age 26 can receive seven breakfasts and seven lunches every Tuesday from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the middle/high school. Sign up for delivery here or call 231-821-1700.
Fruitport Community Schools
District has asked parents to fill out this survey by Monday.
Pre-packaged meals will be provided to school-aged children who either live in the district or attend schools in the district.
Families of Edgewood, FMS & FHS Students: The student parking lot between FHS and Edgewood Elementary School.
Families of Beach & Shettler Elementary Students: The west parking lot of Shettler Elementary school.
Mona Shores Public Schools
District is providing free meals to anyone 18 and under. Parents can pick up meals on behalf of students. Meals will be provided in a grab and go system. On Mondays and Wednesday two breakfasts and lunches will be provided and on Fridays three of each meal will be provided.
Families who need meals delivered should fill out this form.
Pick up will happen at the high school stadium during the following times:
Monday - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Montague Area Public Schools
Providing meals to any child, and adults are allowed to pick up food on student's behalf. Pickup will be between 10 a.m. and noon on Tuesdays and Fridays at Rothbury Village Hall and Montague High School. A mobile route has been set up for delivery to additional sites. Click here for updates.
Oakridge Public Schools
- Egelcraft Mobile Home Park – 2129 Arrowhead Dr.
- Our school bus will be parked near the clubhouse near the intersection of Ironwood Ct and Arrowhead Dr.
- Apple Carr Village – 516 Courtland Lane
- Our school bus will be parked in the open space in the new vacant north section along Braeburn Drive. Traffic should enter from Hall Rd., proceed south on Braeburn Drive to approach our school bus. Then, continue down Braeburn after meal pick up.
- Maple Island Estates – 7321 White Rd.
- Our school bus will be parked near the Birch Tree St. entrance.
- Oakridge High School – Bus loop
- Please enter the bus loop and drive toward the school bus at the end of the loop to obtain the meals then exit onto Hall Rd.
- Holiday Park – 5700 Vine Ave.
- Take South Wolf Lake Rd. to Vine Ave. Our school bus will park on the dirt loop near buildings. Traffic can enter the dirt drive near the softball field then pull up towards the bus to obtain meals. Cars can exit using the entrance closest to S. Wolf Lake Rd.
- Jibson Immanuel Baptist Church – 7960 Evanston Ave.
- Traffic should enter the Church parking lot from Evanston then pull through the lot to the school bus to pick up meals, then exit on S. Sullivan Rd.
Times for all dates are 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays
Orchard View Public Schools
Will be delivering food throughout the district for family pick up on Tuesdays. Check for updates on their Facebook page.
Quail Meadows, 725 Meadow Ln, Muskegon, MI 49442
Arlington Woods, 3785 Evanston Ave, Muskegon, MI 49442
Eastwood Apartments, 2243 E Apple Ave B, Muskegon, MI 49442
Parkwood Apartments, 924 Shonat St, Muskegon, MI 49442
Salvation Army, 1221 Shonat St, Muskegon, MI 49442
Kids Food Basket is also providing a sack supper that can be picked up at Cardinal Elementary on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays at 11:00 a.m.
Ravenna Public Schools
Will be distributing meals on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ravenna High School. See the district’s Facebook page.
Location: Ravenna High School, 2766 S Ravenna Road, Ravenna MI 49451
Fremont Public Schools
The district is providing snacks and lunches by bus delivery starting Tuesday, March 17 and continuing on every weekday through Friday, April 2.
Delivery times are set between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Children ages 18 and under are invited to come to the bus when it stops at its regular stop to pick up their lunch. Parents are welcome to pick up lunch for their kids. Each student at a bus stop will receive a bagged lunch and snack.
Students/parents can also pick up lunches Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fremont Middle School. On Tuesday, food can be picked up from Fremont Middle School and Pine Street School.
Call 231-924-2350 if you're location is missed and you do not receive a lunch.
Newaygo Public Schools
The district will provide breakfast and lunch starting Wednesday, March 18 and will continue providing food every Monday, Wednesday and Friday throughout the closure. Food will be delivered via one of the white schools vans/truck at the following places:
Edgeview Apartments - 11:15 a.m.
Pine Lake Village (Apartment side) - 11:30 a.m.
Pine Lake Village (Townhouse side) - 11:40 a.m.
St. Batholomew Church - Noon
City of Newaygo/Brooks Park - 11:30 a.m.
Neway Center - Noon
Brookhaven Estates - 12:30 p.m.
Former Independence Bank in Croton - 11:30 a.m.
Former Hardy Grocery (corner of Chestnut & Croton/Hardy) - Noon
Grant Public Schools
District has not finalized plans, yet.
Whitecloud Public Schools
Food deliveries will be made on weekdays from Monday, March 16 to Thursday, April 2. Delivery times will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at normal bus stops. Call 231-689-3304 for assistance in getting a lunch. Students who live in town will have the opportunity to pick-up a bagged lunch in the White Cloud Junior High lobby between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There is no on-site eating in the building. It will be a “grab and go” pick-up.
Allegan Public Schools
District is finalizing plans, but according to APS website they will be relying on food pantries. Check district website for updates.
Fennville Public Schools
District has asked families to complete a survey to determine food needs. No finalized plans, yet.
Otsego Public Schools
District is serving multiple meals grab & go style on Mondays and Wednesdays at a number of locations with two different pickup times. Families who cannot make it are asked to contact email@example.com to arrange a drop off.
10-11 a.m. & 6-7 p.m.
Memorial Park (near the concession stand)
10-11 a.m. & 6-7 p.m.
Friendship Wesleyan Church (102nd Ave.)
10-11 a.m. & 6-7 p.m.
Emerald Woods Apartments
10-11 a.m. & 6-7 p.m.
Watson’s Mobile Home Park
10-10:20 a.m. & 6-6:20 p.m.
Lombardini Mobile Home Park
10:30-10:50 a.m. & 6:30-6:50 p.m.
Scout House (Orleans St.)
10-11 a.m. & 6-7 p.m.
First Baptist Church (Otsego)
10-11 a.m. & 6-7 p.m.
10-11 a.m. & 6-7 p.m.
OHS (near tennis courts)
10-11 a.m. & 6-7 p.m.
Plainwell Community Schools
View the district's plans here.
Saugatuck Public Schools
District will be delivering breakfast and lunch to qualifying families starting Tuesday. The Saugatuck Center for the Arts and Old Schoolhouse will serve as a pick up site for any family in need of meals for their children.
More information here.
Wayland Union Schools
Lunch is being served Monday at Dorr Elementary, Wayland Union Middle School, Hunters Glen, and Windsor Woods from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Parents should use drive up service to pick up two days worth of breakfast and lunch per child 18 and under. This will be occurring every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until April 3.
Hopkins Public Schools
District has asked that parents complete this survey on food needs: https://forms.gle/m293vdY87MS7xn5i9.
Meals will be available on Tuesdays and Fridays at the following locations:
10:30 a.m. – Hopkins Fire Hall, St.Mary’s, and Watson Township Hall
11:30 a.m. – Hilliards, Burnips Township Hall, and Faith Baptist Church
12:15 p.m. – Sycamore Elementary
12:30 p.m. – Topaz Estates and Monterey Township Hall
1 p.m. – Holiday Trailer Park
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