Montrose, CO — Starting Wednesday, March 18, Montrose County School District Food and Nutrition Services began providing free bagged meals (breakfast and lunch) for pickup to all school-age students. Meals will continue to be offered free-of-charge, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday for the duration of the school closure.
Meals will be distributed from locations listed below. Households are advised to pick up meals at the designated Pickup Location based on their student’s school of attendance.
For families at Cottonwood, Johnson, and Centennial schools use the Centennial Middle School location.
For families at Northside, Oak Grove and Peak Academy schools use the Northside Elementary School location.
For families using the Early Childhood Center, Columbine, Pomona, Vista Charter and Montrose high school use the Montrose High School location.
For families at Olathe Elementary and Olathe middle/high schools use the Olathe Elementary School location.
In an effort to streamline traffic flow and ensure there are adequate supplies, distribution will be drive-through/walk-up only and meals will be handed out. Please remain in your vehicle. This process will help with social distancing. School buildings are closed to the public. Please do not enter buildings.
Recognizing that not all households have the ability to pick up meals at designated locations and times, the Montrose Recreation District, Montrose County School District, Montrose County, and the City of Montrose have formulated a delivery plan to ensure all students have access to meals during the Montrose County School District closure. Delivery of meals will begin on Friday, March 20, 2020.
Households able to pick up meals at designated locations are encouraged to continue to do so.
Households in need of meal delivery are encouraged to request assistance by filling out the form available at CityofMontrose.org/meal.
Alternatively, households may also call (970) 249-7705 to request meals between 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
“The Montrose Recreation District is pleased to support this important effort in helping to deliver meals to our community in need,” said Mari Steinbach, executive director of the MRD. “We are also working to incorporate MRD play equipment check-out to help keep children and families active. We take our roles in contributing to community health and wellness most seriously, and at a time such as this, it is vital that we continue to be engaged in active response. The MRD has a highly-skilled, motivated, creative and energetic staff, and since the initial thoughts of facility and program and school closures, have been keenly interested in preparing for alternative services. We are pleased to continue the incredible partnerships with the City, School District, and others at this unusual time.”
Households will be requested to provide contact and delivery information and list any dietary/allergy information. Every effort will be made to ensure delivery begins the next weekday and will continue daily Monday through Friday, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., unless otherwise canceled by the household.
This plan is subject to change depending upon the community’s needs.
“During this unprecedented time, we are fortunate to have strong partnerships with the Montrose Recreation District, Montrose County School District, Montrose County, and other community organizations working to ensure children continue to receive daily meals. We will continue to work together to be responsive to the needs of our community,” said grant coordinator Kendall Cramer.
For more City news related to COVID-19 visit CityofMontrose.org/COVID19