Allen County school districts preparing for meal distribution

Schools will look different in many ways this year, including how they will distribute school meals.

Posted: Aug 4, 2020 6:56 PM
Updated: Aug 5, 2020 10:51 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Schools will look different in many ways this year, including how they will distribute school meals.

“For a long time we have actually had students eating breakfast in the classroom,” said Krista Stockman, Fort Wayne Community Schools public information officer. “That was definitely one of the benefits that we knew going into this. We have found that more students would actually eat breakfast if we did it that way.”

To start the new school year FWCS will also be serving lunch in the classroom.

Stockman said the plan is to send students to the cafeteria in smaller groups to reduce traffic in the hallways.

Students at Northwest Allen County Schools will remain eating lunch in the cafeteria.

“We are going to be doing a lot of the serving, the kids won’t be doing the serving,” said Leeanne Koeneman, Northwest Allen County Schools food service director. “Just looking forward to getting the kiddos through as efficiently as possible.”

Koeneman said there is a need for new food service staff at NACS, especially with limited situations when students will be able to serve themselves

At the high school level, NACS is adding a fourth lunch period, and enforcing assigned seats for elementary students.

“By moving to four lunches from three lunches at the high school, that will help us reduce by about 150 students per lunch service,” Koeneman said. “We will be going from eight lines to four lines. This will allow us to get them through a little faster while having fewer students per lunch.”

Both school districts said they are focusing on efficiency, but above all is the safety of students and staff.

“We haven't done this before, no one has,” Stockman said. “We’re going to try to make the best decisions, making sure always that the safety and health of our students and staff come first.”

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