Schools feeding students in wake of COVID-19 closure

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While schools across the nation remain closed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, many school systems are implementing plans to feed students. Including here in Bossier Parish.

Starting today students 18 years of age or younger will be able to pick up breakfast and lunch between 9 a.m. and Noon at 14 feeding sites throughout the parish until Thursday, April 9. 

Children must be present to receive meals, but they do not have to be a student at the school. Staff will be at the curb to distribute food.

Karla Horton, child nutrition supervisor for Bossier Parish Schools said, “This is very important. A lot of times food service is forgotten. This is our chance to shine. This is our chance to show what we do on a daily basis is important. There are children in this parish that depend on what we provide as a child nutrition department everyday for their mental and physical wellbeing.”

For breakfast students at Bossier Elementary enjoyed cereal, pop tarts, strawberry cups, juice and white milk.

As for lunch, students enjoyed an individual-sized pizza, steamed broccoli and corn, apple and chocolate milk.

Supporting Bossier Parish Schools, Erick Falting, owner of South Bossier Dunkin‘  Donuts surprised staff and students at Bossier Elementary this morning with fresh donuts and some hot beverages. 

“We are here to make sure these kids don’t go hungry and we want to show our support for the workers that are here serving the kids,” said Falting.

The action to create student meal distribution sites was taken by Bossier Schools Superintendent Mitch Downey on Saturday March 14, after Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a proclamation on Friday, March 13, to halt gatherings of more than 250 people and closes all K-12 public schools statewide effective Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 13.

The following sites will serve breakfast and lunch from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, March 16-Thursday, April 9:

  • Benton Elementary
  • Bossier Elementary
  • Bossier High School
  • Central Park Elementary
  • Elm Grove Elementary
  • Elm Grove Middle 
  • Haughton Elementary
  • R.V. Kerr Elementary
  • Meadowview Elementary
  • Plain Dealing High School
  • Plantation Park Elementary
  • T.O. Rusheon Middle 
  • T. L. Rodes Elementary
  • Waller Elementary