While COVID-19 has halted school and school activities, the Perry Community School District has still been active in helping the students with a variety of needs including proper meals and nutrition.

The grab-and-go meal program began on Monday, March 23 as meals were served to those students in need. Cars lined up for day one of the program, which will continue each week from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“It’s a community coming together to help those in need,” Superintendent Clark Wicks said.

The meals included both breakfast and lunch components and other components that were donated such as egg cartons by Hy-Line International and extra juice and milk provided by Fareway. The meals were being handed out at two locations including the Perry Elementary School back parking lot and the front entrance of the Perry High School.

Along with community school members such as Ned Menke (Perry Elementary Principal), Dan Marburger (Perry High School Principal), Tom Lipovac (Perry 7-12 Activities Director), Ryan Marzen (Perry Elementary Assistant Principal) and more, members from all across the community gave their support as well. That support was gladly accepted across both sites.

“I can’t tell you how impressed I am,” began Marburger. “I had half a dozen people call me or come up to me asking what they could do to help. It just goes to prove that we have a great community here in Perry.”

Every school across the state of Iowa may be going through similar struggles, but the impact of such grab-and-go meal programs is huge across the Perry School District in particular.

“For a school district like ours where we have almost 70 percent free and reduced lunch, it is vitally important that we get the kids the nutrition that they need to do any kind of learning inside or outside our building so this is really important,” said Marburger.

Perry schools have long made it their collective mission to aid in the development of students academically and more which only continued Monday morning.

“The kids, school and nutrition go hand-in-hand here in Perry and we feel we’re providing a nice service here,” said Wicks.

Wicks added that if a family is unable to make it to the grab-and-go meal program within the time frame of 10:30 a.m. until 12 p.m., they should reach out to the Perry Community School District to help set up a time that could work for them.