By Blake Haas
BLOOMINGTON – With COVID-19 causing locals schools to switch to e-learning during mandated school closures, a group comprised of community and business leaders formed to provided free meals for children.
Teaming up with food trucks Gill Streets Eats and Healthy In a Hurry and other businesses, Feed BloNo Kids spokesman Roy Wraps said the group will provide meals to children through walk-up or drive-thru locations.
“The WalMart’s are out the Hy’ vees are out the Meijers are out (of supplies). So keep that in mind as we continue this mission,” added Wraps.
Lunch will be served daily Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Lunches will include a hamburger or hotdog with chips and a drink. However, Wraps said the group is still in need of donations and volunteers.
“We’re taking all donations because we as a collective group believe that this is probably going to last a little bit further than (March) 31,” Wraps told WJBC’s Scott Miller. “The big problem we are having is not the money, and the problem is finding the supplies….We need bread; we need bottles of water, we need snacks to put in the bags.”
A complete list of Feed BloNo Kids pick-up locations can be found by clicking here. Meals will be provided to any child or teen under the age of 18.
Additionally, District 87 is offering opportunities for families to pick up meals. Bagged meals can be picked up via drive-thru at Sheridan Elementary School and at Bloomington High School for any District 87 student.
Food service staff will also deliver meals with the District’s Mobile Meal Unity at Wood Hill Towers in Bloomington from 12-12:30 on March 18, 19 and 20.
D87 staff go above and beyond!
Teachers spent yesterday prepping material for eLearning, and staff at some schools delivered meal bags to families in need.
Our staff cares. Our community is strong. It's great to be in District 87! #KeepLearningD87 #ILSchoolsStepUp pic.twitter.com/AxBbcGVpkx
— District 87 Schools (@District_87) March 17, 2020
Unit 5 is asking families to participate in a survey to know how many meals to prepare. The survey can be found here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BK6RN58
Blake Haas can be reached at Blake.Haas@Cumulus.com.