Schools prep meals for homebound kids

ALGONA — Students may not be in class in the Algona Community School District, but staff will make sure that the students and their families are fed during the school closure.

“This is important because they are our kids, our families. Our families are in need,” said Merrill Mueller, ACSD transportation director. “We, as a district, have to do whatever is possible to lessen the burden on the families.”

Jill Nelson, food service director, said the staff has relationships with the students. “We see them everyday,” she said. “When they’re at home, we want the best for them, as well. It’s such a blessing to work and live in a county where individuals and businesses give so much, that we are able to return the favor.”

A couple of weeks ago Joe Carter, ACSD superintendent, called an emergency meeting with administrators and directors. One of the items the group discussed was how to make a food distribution program work.

“We hope to help families in their time of need and these are things that are needed by our communities,” Carter said. “That is our focus right now. What can we do to help our communities, keep our kids safe, and this is one way to help provide that.”

Anyone in Kossuth County can call the school district’s administration office or sign up on the school district’s website to receive food delivery.

For the full story, see the March 26 Kossuth County Advance.

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