CA schools end “grab and go” meals

FLINT TWP. — In a letter posted to the Carman-Ainsworth School District website, Superintendent Eddie Kindle said the district will no longer serve “grab and go” meals for students.

Kindle cited the governor’s order Monday to “Stay Home, Stay Safe” for all Michigan residents that went into effect March 24 until April 13.

“The intent of this Executive Order is to mitigate and or minimize the spread of COVID- 19,” said Kindle in his letter. “This order is intended as a critical step to save lives.”

Over the past week, Carman- Ainsworth Food Service Staff, bus drivers and tutors have provided a great effort to distribute breakfast and lunch meals and books at various sites around the district.

But, he said, based on the implementation of the governor’s executive order, Carman- Ainsworth Community Schools will suspend our food distribution until further notice. Essential employees have been identified and will be notified of their duties during this mandated Executive Order.

“There are many questions that have still yet to be answered,” said Kindle. “However, our direction from the governor is clear, ‘stay home, stay safe, save lives’. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide the most up to date information as needed.” — G.G.

The superintendent of Carman- Ainsworth Community Schools says, they are stopping food distribution to students. Eddie Kindle made the announcement through a letter posted to the district’s website.

Carman-Ainsworth, like many other districts, has been using buses to deliver meals to students since K-12 schools were ordered to close in Michigan on March 16 to limit the spread of Coronavirus. The superintendent says the distribution must be halted because of Governor Whitmer’s latest Executive Order 2020-21 (COVID-19).

However, that executive order also states an exception for those who are providing food to those in need. (see below)

7. Exceptions. 11. To work or volunteer for businesses or operations (including both and religious and secular nonprofit organizations) that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, individuals who need assistance as a result of this emergency, and people with disabilities.

Kindle says all food distribution was halted as of 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 23, until further notice. He also says essential staff will be notified of their duties.