4/9/20: As of today, DMPS has added sites for grab-and-go meals. Please see below.
3/27/20: Some public school districts, such as Indianola and Des Moines Public Schools, are offering grab-and-go lunches to all enrolled students throughout the remainder of the school closure. Visit your local school district’s web page for details.
Ankeny – Ankeny Schools is providing free grab and go breakfasts and lunches for children 18 and under. This will take place Monday, March 23 through Wednesday, April 8. The district will provide one free pre-packed breakfast and lunch per day, per child 18 and under on Mondays (2 days of meals distributed) and Wednesdays (3 days of meals distributed). Please stay in your vehicles when you come to pick up your meals. Our staff will place the meals in your trunk or back seat. Per USDA guidance, the students for whom the meals are intended must be present. There may be situations in which a child may not be present in the car due to safety concerns. This may include situations where students or family members are: not feeling well, have flu-like symptoms, or symptoms of COVID-19, or have compromised immune systems. In these situations, we ask that the individual picking up the pre-packaged breakfast and lunch identify this while picking up the meals.
Visit the Ankeny Community School District’s website for new updates.
Des Moines – https://www.dmschools.org/coronavirus/124486-2/
Newton – Grab N Go Meals – FREE MEALS for all children 18 & (UPDATE: March 27) Aurora Heights Elementary | Berg Middle School | Emerson Hough Elementary | Newton High School | Thomas Jefferson Elementary | WEST Academy | Woodrow Wilson Elementary | E.J.H. Beard Administration Center
The Newton Community School District continues to offer an emergency food program. We have been happy to serve you at our two sites!
Curbside breakfast & lunch pick up:
March 23 – April 3, 2020* (Mon – Fri)
11: 00 AM – 12:30 PM
Berg Middle School
Newton High School
PLEASE NOTE SOME UPDATES:
- Children do not need to be present at time of pick up
- From March 31 – April 3, 2020 a FREE McDonald’s Happy Meal coupon will be included (while supplies last)
- *Starting April 6, 2020 – pickup will only be on Monday (3 meals) & Thursday (2 meals)
Our plan is to provide this while school is not in session. We will continue to monitor and assess this need as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
NOTE: No meal service on Good Friday, April 10th
West Des Moines – WDMCS “Grab-and-Go” Meal Service
WDMCS Nutrition Services will continue to offer drive-through service at the six current meal locations. To increase efficiency and decrease outings and potential COVID-19 exposure for families and staff, the sites will now be open from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday only.
Meal Sites – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Monday – Wednesday – Friday
- Monday and Wednesday: two bags with lunch and breakfast provided
- Friday: one bag with lunch and breakfast provided, additional food for the weekend provided at the meal sites by Booster Pak
Most sites will use the bus lanes for pick up. Please follow the signage at your site.
- Clive Learning Academy, 1600 73rd St., Windsor Heights, IA 50324
- Crestview School of Inquiry, 8355 Franklin Ave., Clive, IA 50325
- Hillside Elementary, 713 Eight St., West Des Moines, IA 50265
- Indian Hills Junior High, 9401 Indian Hills Drive, Clive, IA 50325
- Stilwell Junior High, 1601 Vine St., West Des Moines, IA 50265
- Valley High School, 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines, IA 50266
- Pick up at Valley will be near Tiger Field.
To Pick Up a Meal – Families can pick up meals from any of the six WDMCS sites. No identification or registration is required. Meals will be provided for each child in the vehicle/walking group. Children MUST be present in order for meals to be provided.
- Drive or walk to the WDMCS meal site nearest you.
- Follow the signs to drive through or walk up to pick up your meals. Stay in your car or six feet away.
- Meals will be brought to you on trays. Please take the meals from the tray using the bag handles.
This program is for pick-up only, and absolutely no congregating will be allowed. Meals will not be allowed to be consumed on-site. Please continue to practice the recommended preventative steps to remain healthy.
WDMCS Nutrition Services is also providing meals to complex residents at Chapel Ridge West.
Energy Assistance/LIHEAP Deadline Extended to May 31, 2020
The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) on March 13, 2020, issued an emergency order directing all electric and natural gas utilities in the state to cease disconnection of residential service due to nonpayment. The emergency order, issued in Docket No. SPU-2020-0003, comes in response to a statewide disaster proclamation of public health emergency issued on March 9, 2020, by Gov. Kim Reynolds to enhance the state’s response to novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The extended moratorium period will continue until May 1, 2020. Income-eligible Iowans typically have until April 30 each year to apply for limited financial heating assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The application deadline was extended to May 31 this year by the Iowa Department of Human Rights (IDPH).
The LIHEAP program is designed to help low-income families meet the partial cost of home heating through a one-time payment made directly to the utility or heating fuel vendor. Iowa law also protects qualified applicants who are the head of a household from being disconnected from natural gas or electric service during the annual winter moratorium, normally November 1 through April 1.
Iowa customers seeking LIHEAP financial assistance for utility bills should contact their local community action agency to discuss eligibility guidelines. Although qualified applicants cannot be disconnected during the moratorium, the IUB urges all LIHEAP-certified customers to continue paying toward their energy bills to avoid accumulating high debt and facing potential utility service disconnection once the moratorium period ends.
The statewide extension period issued by IUB order applies to all investor-owned, municipal and cooperative utilities in Iowa.
To read the full press release, click here.