On March 18, 2020 at 4 p.m., Wisconsin school districts were ordered closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While the closure of schools shut down many of the day to day operations of the School District of Bloomer one department has continued to operate to ensure that one of the most essential needs of the District’s students is met. The School District of Bloomer Food Service Department closed for only two days before reopening to ensure the District’s students were fed.
Beginning on Monday, March 19, the District began providing meals for free to all children under the age of 18. The program which has been led by School District of Bloomer Food Service Director, Jessica Deringer, provides one breakfast and one lunch for each student on every week day during the school closure.
Meals are available for pick up at five locations throughout the District and delivered to homes of those that aren’t able to make it to one of the pick-up locations. All meal deliveries have been made possible due to the District’s partnership with the District’s transportation contractor Kobussen Busses.
To date the District has delivered over 25,000 meals to students in the District. Meals will continue to be delivered through the last day of the school year which is June 4, 2020.
A special thanks to the members of the School District of Bloomer Food Service Department: Jessica Deringer, Kayla Schemenauer, Mary Woolever, Dee Vahlenkamp, Diane Schmidt, Melissa Woolever, Mary Friedeck, Sharon Young and Jeanie Chovan, as well as, Kobussen Busses.