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Lunches, Lesson Plans For Riverbank Students
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Student Jonathan Del Rosario, a seventh grader, accepts lunch from Riverbank Unified School District staffers Shelley Dressel and Bergen Filgas outside Cardozo Middle School; meals are provided Monday through Friday for all those 18 and younger. Marg Jackson/The News

‘Grab and Go Meals’ are being served up for all, 18 years old and younger, Monday through Friday in Riverbank.

With schools throughout the Riverbank Unified School District shut down, district staffers and teachers are staying busy, working to help provide food.

The meals are available at no cost during the school closure, distributed Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.; distribution sites are at Casa del Rio on Stanislaus Street, California Avenue Elementary School, and in front of Cardozo Middle School on Santa Fe Street.

Students must be present to pick up the meal and there are no income eligibility requirements; everyone 18 and younger can get a meal. This week, the meals were being handed out, from sandwiches to fruit, cookies and chips, along with milk and more.

The goal is to help families meet the dietary needs of children now at home instead of attending classes.

And while the district is still serving up food, they also don’t want students to stop learning.

“All students have been provided with school work based on their grade level. Elementary students have packets of work and those in middle and high school are receiving assignments from their teachers mostly through Google Classroom as they have Chromebooks,” said District Superintendent Christine Facella. “We ask that parents set aside time daily for the assignments and also for students to read.”

Additionally, Facella noted that information regarding food distribution is on the district website and Facebook page. Food will continue to be served as long as school sites are closed.

“While we informed parents that we will be closed until April 20, it is looking likely that it may be for longer,” Facella said. “We want to thank all essential employees who have been coming to work in support of food service and also cleaning and disinfecting. We also want to recognize those employees who have volunteered as well.”