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In a city with high poverty rates, the Detroit district will hand out meals during the school closure

A student walks with a lunch tray in a cafeteria. JGI/Tom Grill | Getty Images

The Detroit school district will keep some school buildings partially open for students to quickly pick up breakfast and lunch while schools are closed from March 16 to April 5. The free meals are crucial for many Detroit students who rely on school lunches as their daily nutrition source. Close to 86% of Detroit Public Schools Community District students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

“Grab-and-go” breakfasts and lunches will be available starting March 18. Breakfast will be offered between 8 and 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The students will not be allowed to go inside the buildings, and the district also plans to deliver meals at home to students who are medically fragile.

Mayor Mike Duggan’s office also is working to make sure food insecure families have options. He said during a press conference this afternoon that the city is partnering with community organizations, including Gleaners Community Food Bank, Forgotten Harvest and the Detroit Children’s Fund to provide families food during the closures.

The city’s recreation centers will also be closed until April 5, and recreation center employees will assist with the food distribution from the city, Duggan said.

“We are not going to leave our children and our poorest families vulnerable for a lack of food,” he said.

Classes are expected to resume April 6.

There are now 16 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Michigan, including one in Detroit, Duggan said.

Here’s where students can pick up meals:

  1. ACADEMY of AMERICAS @ LOGAN (K-3)
  2. ANN ARBOR TRAIL
  3. BATES ACADEMY
  4. BENNETT
  5. BETHUNE
  6. BLACKWELL
  7. BOW
  8. BROWN, RONALD
  9. BURTON INTERNATIONAL
  10. CARLETON
  11. CARSTENS
  12. CARVER
  13. CENTRAL/DURFEE
  14. CLARK
  15. CLEMENTE
  16. CLIPPERT
  17. CODY HS
  18. COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA ARTS
  19. COOKE
  20. DAVISON
  21. DENBY
  22. DETROIT COLLEGIATE PREP HS
  23. DETROIT INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY
  24. DIXON
  25. DOSSIN
  26. DOUGLASS ACADEMY
  27. EAST ENGLISH VILLAGE PREP HS
  28. ELLINGTON @ BECKHAM
  29. EMERSON
  30. FISHER UPPER
  31. GARDNER
  32. GARVEY
  33. GOLIGHTLY ED. CENTER
  34. GOMPERS
  35. GREENFIELD UNION
  36. HAMILTON
  37. HENDERSON
  38. HENRY FORD
  39. HOLMES AL
  40. KING HIGH SCHOOL
  41. KING, J.R.
  42. LAW
  43. MACKENZIE
  44. MANN
  45. MARK TWAIN
  46. MUMFORD
  47. NOBLE
  48. NOLAN
  49. OSBORN
  50. PALMER PARK ACADEMY
  51. PERSHING
  52. PRIEST
  53. RENAISSANCE
  54. SAMPSON
  55. SOUTHEASTERN
  56. WAYNE
  57. WESTERN
  58. WRIGHT, CHARLES

This story will be updated.

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