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Mount Pleasant Public Schools to provide meals to students, parents during closures

Mount Pleasant High School sits at 155 S. Elizabeth St. on Feb. 17, 2020.

Mount Pleasant Public Schools will be offering meals to adults and children during school closures.

Following a decision from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on March 12, schools were told to shut down from March 16 to April 5 due to the spread of the coronavirus. Mount Pleasant Public Schools told students to retrieve their belongings from the schools on Friday, March 13, according to a Facebook post on the district's Facebook page.

This may have left concerns for students who rely on school lunches for food. However, another Facebook post said the district is offering free lunches to children under the age of 18. Adults will also be able to purchase lunches for $2. This service is open to everyone, even those outside the school district.

These meals will be available 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays until April 3, according to the post. The lunches will be handed out at Mount Pleasant High School and Ganiard Elementary. Meals will be delivered to the back parking lot of the schools.

Superintendent Jennifer Verleger said the district will be offering the next day’s breakfast along with the lunch. The district is currently working on plans to deliver meals to key locations in the community.

“We are happy to be able to provide this support to all members of our community, even if they do not reside in our district or attend our school,” Verleger said.