The Perry Community School District's grab-and-go meal program will be starting back up on Monday, May 4 at Perry Elementary. 

The free meal program was temporarily suspended this week because of COVID-19 concerns in the community. Superintendent Clark Wicks said the suspension was taken as a preventative action by the district.

"It’s just the fact that we probably have a good number of people out there that have COVID-19. At the same time, we know that there are a lot of hungry people. We want to get them taken care of," Wicks said.

He added that the district is "going to do our best to keep our people safe" as well as those who come to pick up the meals.

Staff members helping hand out meals will be wearing masks and gloves. For those picking up meals, Wicks said people should stay in their vehicles and let staff members drop the meals off in their car.

"As a general rule, we’d like to drop (the meals) in an empty seat," he said, as a way to minimize contact. Though that is not always possible and Wicks said he doesn't want it to discourage anyone from picking up meals.

The grab-and-go meals can be picked up from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. starting on Monday, May 4 at the back entrance of the Perry Elementary School. 

Wicks said the district went from two locations, the elementary and high school, down to one for efficiency reasons with staff members.

"We’re just looking forward to getting this thing going again and just realize we all have to help each other out by taking all the precautionary steps," Wicks said of the grab-and-go meal program.