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Children will get meals despite school closures

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ST. LOUIS – Children won’t have to miss meals while schools are closed because of the coronavirus.

The St. Louis Public Schools and St. Louis-area charter schools announced Tuesday night a plan to supply free meals and snacks to anyone age 18 and younger who lives in St. Louis city. The district will provide free “grab-and-go” meals at 33 school sites while classes are canceled.

The meals will be available from 8 a.m. to noon, but because of social distancing recommendations, the food cannot be eaten on-site.

All SLPS schools will remain closed following spring break (March 16-20) until, tentatively, April 3.


The district said via Twitter that it was working with the city, area charter schools and the district’s food services vendor, Southwest Foodservice Excellence.

Mayor Lyda Krewson tweeted, “I’m proud of the way we were able to work with SLPS & other schools to pull together the #COVID19 Pandemic Meal Plan.”

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