Area schools ensure students receive regular meals

March 23, 2020

Centralia City Schools District #135 is distributing meal kits to between 400 and 500 students during the mandated school closing due to the coronavirus outbreak. District cooks who normally prepare breakfast and lunch to serve to students at area schools are now gathering at the Centralia Junior High School to pack breakfast and lunch into sacks to be delivered to their students. Each sack contains individual cereals, fruit, sandwiches, cheese sticks, carrot sticks, juice and milk to ensure students won’t miss breakfast and lunch during this time. The sack meals are dropped off at bus stops starting at 10:00 a.m. each morning. District school bus drivers are making their rounds to the bus stops where volunteer teachers and teacher’s aides pass out the meal kits to the students and parents who have gathered at the bus stops.

Volunteers making sandwiches for the children’s lunches are
(L to R) Bev Braun, Martha Gray, Tanga Coffey and Gloria Hardy.

The School District will be running these deliveries Monday through Friday during the mandated school closure. For a list of stops and approximate times, you can go to and click on the school closure information. They can serve any school-aged child. There is a limit of one meal kit per child and the child must be at the bus stop to receive the meal.

Centralia High School and Central City School District 133 are also offering their students free lunch during the mandated school closings.

For a list of Centralia High School bus stops and approximate times you can go to and click on the CHS Meal Stop Locations and Times link. 

For a list of Central City School bus stops and approximate times along with other information you can go to

Although the State of Illinois is now sheltering in place, the city schools will continue to distribute food to students as food delivery is an essential service.

Pictured at top: Meal delivery volunteers pictured (L to R) are Jordan School Principal Craig Bland, Schiller School Principal Amanda Marshall, Centralia City Schools bus driver Ricky Francois, and Jordan and Schiller School Librarian Nancy Langenfeld.