Jacksonville School District 117 has announced that it will be distributing groceries to students over the next two days. Superintendent Steve Ptacek posted a notice yesterday afternoon updating the national FAQ on the school’s website via email, phone and Facebook.
Ptacek said that 2 student meals will be prepared and delivered today. Meals are distributed from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the north side of the high school. Students must be present to receive meals. Ptacek says a line will be made and maintained with social distancing guidelines mandated by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Murrayville Woodson Elementary School will also have a pick-up line for students living on the school’s border.
Ptacek says he will reevaluate whether or not meals will be cooked again for the students on Thursday. Ptacek said the spring break will be next week and no meals will be prepared in the week of March 23rd. He will not initiate bus connections for the delivery of food to spread the virus to drivers and employees.
Ptacek said he met with the Healthy Jacksonville organization and is currently partnering with the local Salvation Army, the Jacksonville Food Center and the Spirit of Faith Soup Kitchen to further investigate the distribution of food to students in the area. Ptacek said he will continue to provide more information as new developments occur.