Thank you for your patience this past week. I know that you all have been inundated with many emails, surveys, etc., but thank you for responding to our survey and sign-up for meal service. We have been amazed by the overwhelming response, and are excited to be able to continue to serve meals to the students of our community.
Our meal service pick-up and delivery begins Monday, March 30th. We ask for patience during this next week as we work through some of the logistics of getting meals delivered and picked up in a timely manner. We will have pick-up and delivery from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Below are some instructions for those who will be picking up their meals from CHS:
Due to the high demand of meal service, we will be following the same format used last week to pick up your student’s items. Based on the first letter of your last name, please come at your assigned times listed below for pick-up:
A thru H: 11:30am - 12pm
I thru R: 12pm - 12:30pm
S thru Z: 12:30 pm - 1 pm
If you want to drive thru:
*Please drive up to the main entrance of CHS and maintain a safe following distance between vehicles for the safety of our staff.
*Our staff will check you off the list and put your lunch in your trunk. Please roll down your passenger window so that our staff can see who you are, but remain in your vehicles.
*Children receiving meals must be present. If your child is unable to be present due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances, please let us know in advance.
If you walk to pick up:
* We will have a table with cones, marking off the 6-foot standard for social distancing, similar to what you are used to seeing in the grocery and convenience stores currently.
* Please do not come up to the table to receive your meals until the people at the table have moved at least 6’ away from the table.
* We will check you off the list, you can take your meals from the table, and go. Please do your best not to linger.
* Please note that social distancing up to and beyond our designated service area is the responsibility of the community members. Let’s all do our part and do our best to maintain that recommended 6’ social distance length while standing in line.
If you receive your meals by delivery by bus route:
* You will need to be waiting at your bus stop and our drivers will be by in a district suburban or van.
* They will begin to deliver meals at 11:30 am following their normal morning routes.
* When the district vehicle pulls up to the stop, students will need to come out and pick up your meals. We are not able to drop the meals at your door steps out of respect for your privacy rights.
* The driver will need to see all children receiving the meals in order to leave the meals. If a child is ill and unable to come out of the house, they may wave out the window and a sibling or parent may pick up their meal. We will not be able to leave meals if no one is home.
* We cannot tell you the exact time they will be at your stop as some people signed up for all three days and others for only one or two. Please wait patiently at your stop until the driver arrives.
Sign-ups will be for a week in advance. You will have from Monday to noon on Thursday to sign-up for meals.
Menus will be posted through our USD 268 social media sources and website.
Menus may vary, based upon the food that is available to us. We will do our best to keep to the posted menu, but our vendors are seeing the same shortages you are seeing in the grocery stores. We ask for your patience and flexibility during these times.
This week we will be troubleshooting along the way, but I know with patience and flexibility it will be very successful. We will see approximately 3900 meals go out of our CHS kitchen this week alone, which is phenomenal. Our foodservice staff, bus drivers, administrative staff, and all the staff volunteering to make this service possible have been absolutely amazing over the past week. It truly takes a dedicated team to make all of this work, and we are ready to provide the students and children of our community with wholesome, nutritious meals to keep their minds and bodies healthy and strong.
Heidi Wells, Foodservice Director
David Grover, Superintendent