Breakfast and lunch provided to anyone ages 1-18

posted Mar 24, 2020, 6:49 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Mar 24, 2020, 7:54 PM ]

Schools may be closed, but Bruin school buses are still on the roads. Monday, March 23 was the first day of a new feeding program designed to provide breakfast and lunch to children in Bartlesville during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are about 6,000 students in Bartlesville Public Schools, and five of the six elementary schools qualify for federal Title I assistance. 

While districts across the state will begin distance learning programs for students on April 6, school campuses will be closed for the rest of the school year due to the pandemic. Many students – not just elementary school kids – might go without breakfast and lunch without the Seamless Summer program the district initiated.

Any child ages 1-18 who showed up along five different school bus routes or at drive-throughs at each of the two middle schools received a free breakfast and lunch. The Child Nutrition Department, ran by Sodexo, partnered with the district's Transportation Department to deliver the meals on bus routes.

On Monday, March 23, Bruin staff served about 750 meals to students. About one-third were provided via the drive-through breakfast and lunch programs at Central Middle School, one-third via the drive-through programs at Madison Middle School, and one-third on the five bus routes.

The following day brought a sizable increase in meals with 2,226 delivered. 1,146 of those were delivered via the bus routes. The buses deliver both breakfast and lunch simultaneously, while the drive-throughs offer breakfast from 8-9:30 and lunch from 11-12:30.

Bartlesville will continue the program for as long as schools are closed.

CLICK HERE FOR THE BROCHURE and please check the Bartlesville Child Nutrition Facebook Page for the latest information.

Five buses loaded with meals pull out from Kane Elementary daily on routes around the city to deliver breakfast and lunch

Bus meal dropoff
A contactless bus meal drop-off protects everyone in accordance with social distancing guidelines; drive-through service at Central and Madison are also contactless
Granger Meador,
Mar 24, 2020, 7:31 PM