UPDATED: School districts, restaurants offer meals for students during shutdown

Staff report

Some York County school districts and businesses are stepping up to ensure children don't go hungry during the unprecedented closure of all Pennsylvania schools.

Gov. Tom Wolf's decision to shutter all schools through the end of the month to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus isn't just disrupting 1.7 million children's education.

Many families also rely on free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches, and the sudden school closures raise the possibility children won't get enough to eat during the next two weeks.

Chartwell's Dining Service manager Susan Eckert hands lunches to Brandon Kramer, who has two children in Dallastown schools, during the school lunch program at Dallastown High School Monday, March 16, 2020. The school district is offering grab-n-go meals for students weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the Coronavirus emergency. Eckert is the cafeteria manager at Dallastown High School. Bill Kalina photo

The state Department of Education received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture authorizing eligible schools to serve meals to low-income students in a setting such as a drive-thru or grab and go, where there would be less risk of exposure to the virus.

York City: The York City School District will now provide students to-go options for lunch for the day and breakfast the next morning from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Students will be able to come to Ferguson K-8 Door 6 rear playground, Goode K-8 Door 15 circle-side of the building, and William Penn Senior High School Door 15 corner of College and Pershing Ave. Students must be present to pick up the meal.

York Academy Regional Charter School is offering drive-through grab and go bagged meals for all children 18 years-old and younger from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the rear parking lot of the Lower School (32 W. North Street, York). They do not need to be present in the vehicle or students of the school. Each child will also receive a take home breakfast. 

Lincoln Charter School in York City announced it will be serving breakfast and lunch for those between the ages of 2 and 18 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The school is located at 559 W. King St., which is the car pickup entrance. For further information, contact Anne Clark at 717-817-4019. 

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York Academy Regional Charter School’s Food Services Department will offer drive up grab and go bagged meals from Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Families may pick up these meals in the rear parking lot of the Lower School (32 W. North St. York). Please access the lot from Cherry Lane, pull up to the tables, and the food services eam will bring the meals to the vehicles. All children under 18 are welcome to participate. They do not need to attend York Academy, but per federal guidelines, they must be present in the vehicle to receive the meals.

Red Lion: Farther south, the Red Lion Area School District will operate a free meal service from March 18 through March 27.

No registration is required, and the program is available for students up to 18 years old, regardless of the family’s economic status or district residence.

Meals will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mazie Gable Elementary School, 100 E. Prospect St., Red Lion.

And starting Tuesday, Primo’s Pizza by Ryan, 2 W. Main St. in Windsor, said it will offer free meals to students.

“Any school-age kids that need lunch can come get a slice or a sandwich (ham or turkey), sliced apples and a drink for free,” the pizza shop said in a Facebook post.

Also, Sugar Rose Bake Shop in Red Lion is offering free peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a cookie to kids who need lunch while schools are closed.

Free lunches will be available at the shop, located at 101 S. Main St. in Red Lion, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Dover: Other local businesses also are stepping up.

Fox’s Pizza Den in Dover Township said it will deliver two slices of pizza and a can of soda or bottle of water from noon to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, at a cost of $4.

“You can sign your kid up for one or multiple days of delivery, but please place your order the night before it is needed,” Fox’s Pizza Den said in a Facebook post.

“For our families that receive free or reduced lunch, please let us know and we will take care of you with no questions asked.”

Co-owner Tim Johnson at Fox's Pizza in Dover Township, Saturday, March 14, 2020. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Fox’s Pizza Den is located at 2150 Palomino Road in Dover Township.

Wellsville: Mamma's Pizza in Wellsville will also be providing free lunch and a drink to hungry students from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting Tuesday, according to a Facebook post from the shop.

Mamma's Pizza is located at 5 York St. in Wellsville.

"I don't care what school district you live in, all are welcome," the pizza shop wrote in a Facebook post. "Spread the word. This will run until all students return to school."

Hanover: Divino Pizzeria & Grille in Hanover is offering a lunch special to children starting Monday.

For $4, Divino will deliver two slices of pizza and a can of soda or water between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. through Friday.

"For any families that receive free or reduced price lunch, please let us know and we will take care of you no questions asked," Divino Pizzeria said in a Facebook post. 

In addition to the lunch special, Divino Pizzeria is introducing contact-free delivery. Customers can request their order to be left at their door, in their lobby or in another place at the delivery location.

Divino Pizzeria & Grille is located at 1 Center Square in Hanover. 

Hanover Public School District is also giving out meals at no cost to all students from kindergarten through grade 12. Meals will be handed out from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting Tuesday. 

Meals will be distributed from the main entrances at both Hanover Street Elementary, located at 101 E. Hanover St., and Washington Elementary, located at 301 Moul Ave.

Shrewsbury: Messina's Pizza & Restaurant in Shrewsbury is offering a free slice of pizza and a drink to all students from kindergarten to 12th grade from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting Monday.

Messina's Pizza & Restaurant is located at 63 N. Main St. in Shrewsbury.

Stewartstown: Taylor Haus Restaurant is offering free breakfast or lunch from their children's menu for the next two weeks. 

Taylor Haus Restaurant is located at 19158 S. Barrens Road in Stewartstown.

Dallastown: Dallastown Area School District will be offering free meals to students. ID verification is not required for kids. 

Grab-and-go meals will be available to all students from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting Monday. They can be picked up at Dallastown Area High School, 700 New School Lane, at the entrance located next to the loading dock by the stadium.

West York: Starting Tuesday, West York Area School District is offering free take-out lunches to all students of the district. 

Lunches will be distributed from 11 a.m. to noon at the middle school cafeteria, located at 1700 Bannister St. Students do not have to be enrolled in a free or reduced lunch program to receive a meal.

Spring Grove: The Spring Grove Area School District is providing free drive-thru, to-go meals at no cost for any child 18 years of age or younger, regardless of the family’s economic status.

No registration is necessary.

Meals can be picked up weekdays at Spring Grove Area Middle School Tuesday through March 27 from 11 a..m. to 1 p.m.

— This article will be updated. If you have districts or businesses to add, please send the information to news@yorkdispatch.com.