West Fargo Public Schools announced Monday, March 16 that it will provide free meals for children due to the COVID-19 school closure starting Tuesday, through Friday, March 20.

Meals will be provided via yellow school buses, where families can grab lunches at the following sites from the bus:

11– 11:30 a.m. Distribution times:

Buena Vista Neighborhood: Near Community Mailboxes on Montego Avenue, Fargo

Berger Elementary School: 631 4th Avenue E, West Fargo

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Petro Truck Stop Neighborhood: Intersection of 21st Avenue South and 49th Street South, Fargo

South Elementary School: 117 6th Avenue W, West Fargo

Willow Park Elementary School: 4901 15th Avenue S, Fargo

Noon-12:30 p.m. Distribution times

Meadow Ridge Neighborhood: 23rd Street East Cul-de-sac, Northeast of Meadow Ridge Parkway, West Fargo

Village West Dog Park: 4415 9th Avenue Circle South, Fargo

Rasmussen College: 4012 19th Avenue South, Fargo

Sheyenne High School: 800 40th Avenue East, West Fargo

Free meals will be available for any child up to the age of 18 (up to 21 if receiving special education services).

Under the USDA guidelines, children must be present to receive the meal and to allow the school district to receive reimbursements from the state and federal government. In instances where health concerns keep a child at home in order to protect the health and wellbeing of the community, exceptions may be made onsite.

The school district will seek alternate funding sources for these special cases. The sites listed above are solely for the pick-up of meals. There will be no accommodations available for meals to be consumed on site. Meals will be distributed for a 30-minute period, or until all meals have been distributed, whichever occurs first. As this is an evolving process, we may run short of meals. If that happens, we will make appropriate adjustments in the days that follow.

The locations of our meal distribution sites met the requirements established by the USDA and the Child Nutrition Unit of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction.

The ongoing distribution of meals will be announced as school closure decisions are made going forward.

The school district recommends all district employees practice social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing implies taking action to slow, or stop, the spread of a contagious disease. The district is currently implementing the following action steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 while school is not in session: school buildings and recreational facilities are closed to the public; the Leidal Education Center is open by appointment only; meetings are being cancelled, or conducted over the phone/online; only essential staff are asked to report to work; staff are asked to stay home when not feeling well; and facilities are receiving thorough, and on-going, disinfecting.