Columbia Public Schools jumped in this week to help keep students stuck in quarantine well-fed.

The launch of the school district’s program, Grab-and-Go, went well, CPS spokesperson Michelle Baumstark said.

It was the first day trying out the program, though, Baumstark said, and CPS will be sending updates to parents as it fine-tunes the program and revises delivery routes.

Grab-and-Go is designed to get free meals to students who rely on food from school. CPS is working with the Student Transportation of America bus service to deliver food to students in low-income neighborhoods.

Monday, buses delivered sacks containing cereal, chips with cheese or salsa, fruit and milk and offered optional extra milk or broccoli. The buses ran from around 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m on eight different routes, with stops in each school district.

CPS will be delivering daily to help support students’ nutrition until schools reopen.

Other places to receive meals

Meal Service What When Where
No Child Hungry A program by EquipmentShare distributing family meal packs designed to feed a family of four for 3-4 days. 1-2 p.m. Monday and Thursday Douglass High School, 310 N Providence Rd
 Curbside dinner/snack pickup A service by the Boys and Girls Club of Columbia offering dinner or snacks to children from 5-18 years old. 4-6:30 p.m. Monday - Friday Boys and Girls Club, 1200 N 7th St
Broadway Diner breakfast and lunch A service by Broadway Diner staff serving free breakfast and lunch to any students. Call ahead, (573) 875-1173 Daily Broadway Diner, 22 S 4th St
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