A-A schools providing free meals

Friday, March 27, 2020
Food workers and volunteers meet early in the morning three times per week at Alta Elementary School to prepare take-out breakfasts and lunches for students of all ages in the Alta-Aurelia School District. This is due to the concern that with schools out, it is a priority that children still have access to nutritious meals. / Photos by Stephanie Lynam

The Alta-Aurelia School District is providing free meals to kids of all ages every Monday, Wednesday and Friday while schools are closed due to COVID-19. The meals are available for pickup and delivery to residents in Alta, Aurelia and surrounding areas.

“The meals are for all students 0-18,” Stacy Mueller, Alta Elementary School Principal, said. “There is no income information required to sign up for this program. It is just like the summer meal program.”

The breakfast and lunch meals, delivered at the same time, are available from 11:30 a.m. to noon curbside at Alta Elementary School and Aurelia Middle School. Meals are also delivered to designated bus stops and to country families beginning at 11:30 a.m. on those three days.

“The cooks are doing a fabulous job! We are so grateful for each and every one of them! They are truly going above and beyond for our kids!,” Mueller said.

The cooks are a team of eight who begin at about 5:30 a.m. on those three days. Deb Hanson, the school district’s head cook echoes high praise for them. “I want to give a big shout-out to my crew. They are phenomenal. There is no “I” in team,” she said.

Hanson and her team are undergoing some social changes on the job such as maintaining social distance, giving elbow bumps and trying not to interact with others as they arrive for meals.

Mueller said they currently serve 327 in Alta and 62 in Aurelia.