Some students were still hungry, even though Columbus City Schools announced plans to distribute free lunches and breakfast the next day on Wednesday, the first day of school during the teachers’ union strike.
Inside the Linden Community Center, a recreation center designated by the city as a Wi-Fi-enabled student resource center, Ambrosia Lamarr said the school district will begin serving breakfast and lunch on Thursday.
Linden Community Center assistant director Lamar said student resource centers for participating YMCAs, boys and girls clubs, and other Columbus Recreation and Parks Service sites will be open from Mayor Andrew J. Ginther’s office on Tuesday. explained that they had been informed that it would not be available until then.
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On the first day of scheduled classes at Columbus City Schools, students working remotely due to a strike three days earlier by the Columbus Education Association allowed students at Linden’s Recreation Center to grab a snack of goldfish crackers. . Nutri-Grain Granola Bars, Applesauce, Capri-Sun or Minute Maid Apple Juice Boxes.
Columbus Municipal Schools parent Tenelle McGrew said she called her daughter’s school Wednesday morning to see if the recreation center would serve meals and eventually packed lunches for the third graders. said.
“I’m glad I thought ahead,” McGrew said. “I know things others didn’t know.”
“Take-away” Meals Available to Columbus City School Students
Columbus City Schools students will have access to “take-away” meals during the strike at 25 designated schools throughout the city. The site opens Wednesday and schools are open Monday through Friday from 11am to 1pm during the strike.
Families receiving lunch will also be offered a breakfast option for the next day. There are hot and cold meal options available in to-go containers. District safety and security personnel will assist students and families with access to dining areas.
Wednesday’s meal included cheese pizza, green beans, hot cinnamon apple, fruits, vegetables, milk and juice. It was
“We know that despite the strike, there are still hungry students,” said Joe Brown, director of food services at Columbus City Schools.
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However, not all students were eaten. Dominion Middle School ran out of food at noon Wednesday, Rainie Lantz said.
Shortly before noon, she said she walked to the food distribution area with her first-grade daughter at Clinton Elementary School.
“My daughter was so excited because she felt like she was part of the school that day,” she said.
The two waited in line for about 5-10 minutes when someone announced that not all families in line would be fed.
“I was disappointed,” Lantz said.
Eventually she and her daughter gave up and went to Dairy Queen.
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There were about 40 people in front of her and about 20 families behind her.
But Columbus City Schools said Dominion Middle School is not short on food.
“They served every student and family who came to distribute meals,” said Jacqueline Bryant, spokeswoman for Columbus City Schools. “Every student and family who showed up at the Dominion was served. They never ran out of food.”
Bryant said 134 meals were served at Dominion on Wednesday.
Brown said he didn’t know how many meals the school district prepared for take-out locations Wednesday, but said it was less than half of the district’s student population of 47,000.
Columbus City Schools Superintendent Dixon talks to a family out for a meal
My parents drove in front of the Columbus Global Academy. Columbus Global Academy is his one of 25 grab-and-go dining sites. I received my meal in a drive-thru carry-out box. The dining site served her 26 households within the first 15 minutes of him. The cars that stopped at the scene asked for as many meals as they liked, some requested four, others eight.
School Superintendent Talitha Dixon spoke to families who were going out to eat at the academy. She leaned into her car and said, “We are working hard to get back to the building.”
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“Grab and Go” meals are free to students and are absorbed into the school district’s food service business with the help of U.S. Department of Agriculture funding, so there is no additional cost to the school district.
Where Columbus City Schools Families Can Find Takeaway Meals
Grab and Go dining locations are divided into six neighborhoods around the city, but students can go to any of these locations to pick up their meals.
- Beechcroft High School, 6100 Beechcroft Road
- Berwick Alternative Pre-K-8, 2655 Scottwood Road
- Briggs High School, Briggs Road 2555
- Buckeye Middle School, 2950 Parsons Avenue.
- Centennial High School, 1441 Bethel Road
- Columbus Africa-Centric Early College Pre-K-12, 3223 Allegheny Ave.
- Columbus Scioto 6-12, 2951 S. High St.
- Columbus North International School/Columbus Global Academy, 4077 Karl Road
- Dominion Middle School, 100 E. Arcadia Ave.
- Eastmoor Academy, 417 S Weyant Ave.
- East High School, 1500 E Broad St.
- Independence High School, 5175 Refugee Road
- Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, 1320 Duxberry Ave.
- Marion Franklin High School, 1265 Koebel Road
- Medina Middle School, 1425 Huy Road
- Mifflin High School, 3245 Oak Spring Street
- Northland High School, 1919 Northcliff Dr.
- Sherwood Middle School, 1400 Shady Lane Road
- South High School, 1160 Ann St.
- Sterling Pre-K-8, 145 S. Central Ave.
- Wedgwood Middle School, 3800 Briggs Road
- West High School, 179 S. Powell Ave.
- Westmoor Middle School, 3001 Valleyview Drive
- Toishi High School, 4405 Scenic Drive
- Woodward Park Middle School, 5151 Carl Road