Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered all Michigan schools closed late on March 12th. OPS was already off for the school day on the 13th but all staff were busy preparing for the weeks ahead to plan out what distance learning would look like and gearing up to make sure we can still provide our kids with meals.
On that first Sunday, our entire food service team came together to begin planning and carrying out what would become an incredible feat. With early planning, we were able to get meals to our families the next day and handed out meals to 1200 students. In the first week, OPS provided 13,152 meals to students in the first week. And just on Monday, March 23rd, we handed out 7516 meals, this fed 2505 kids for 3 days each.
Otsego Public Schools has 11 sites for delivery. Most are from 10-11am and 6-7pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. To make sure our kids have a meal each day of the week, they receive three breakfasts and three lunches on Mondays and then four of each meal on Wednesdays. It has been a needed service for our families but has also been a great source of pride for our staff who are helping out when most people aren't able to be at school.
Since the Stay Home Order from Governor Whitmer on Monday, March 23rd, we are making some changes to the volunteer times and staffing but are committed to continue providing our families all we can during this difficult time.