USD-418 providing meals for children

By Jessie Wagoner

School may not be in session but children in McPherson still have access to breakfast, lunch and even dinner as part of the alternate feeding plan for USD-418.

The alternate feeding plan began on Monday, with breakfast and lunch being served at three locations in McPherson and dinner served at one location. The plan was announced by Food Service Director Bill Froese last week. It provides an opportunity for families to pick up breakfast, lunch and dinner through the walk up or drive-thru meal service for children ages one to 18.

We will start meal service on Monday, March 23rd and operate until further notice,” Froese said. “Meals will be served at the following locations from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Monday-Friday.”

McPherson Middle School – 700 E. Elizabeth, McPherson (South Side).

Roosevelt Elem. School – 800 S. Walnut, McPherson (West Side).

Lincoln Elem. School – 900 N. Ash, McPherson (West Side).

Dinner is served from 5:30-7 p.m. at Washington Elementary School, 128 N. Park.

All children will receive lunch for the day and breakfast for the next. The meals will be available for all children ages one through 18 regardless of what school they attend. No paperwork is required. Children must be present in order for meals to be provided. Meals will be provided based on the number of children present. The program is only for the pick-up of meals, and meals will not be consumed on-site. At this time, they will not be offering adult meals.

By noon Monday, Lincoln Elementary School had already had more than 125 children come by to pick up meals. A steady stream of cars proceeded through the drive-thru throughout the service time.

“It is nice of the district to do this for kids,” Marsha Cross said as she picked up a meal for her daughter. “I’m out of work now because of COVID-19 so this really helps. I’m thankful.”

To view a menu of meals to be served this month visit