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All Cleveland youth will be fed during COVID-19 crisis break

Schools, rec centers partner to feed 3 meals a day to anyone 18 and under.

CLEVELAND — Cleveland youth will have food waiting for them at several locations around the city starting with breakfast on Monday.

In addition, parents and guardians - and not students - will have classes Monday at Cleveland public schools.

In light of Gov. Mike DeWine’s order to close all Ohio schools after the last bell Monday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cleveland Metropolitan schools are closing at the end of classes Friday.

Instead, the district will hold conferences Monday with parents and guardians. The sessions will allow them to obtain instructional materials and also give families a chance to ask questions.

In addition, the district is setting up 22 sites where students and anyone juvenile regardless of school or enrollment status, can eat breakfast and lunch, while also getting more instruction.

Shuttle buses will be provided for families at all pre-K to 8th grade school buildings.

Dinners will also be served at all 21 city recreation centers.

School Superintendent Eric Gordon announced the plan Friday. He said the food program is open to anyone 18 years of age and under, regardless of whether they are CMSD students.

Security will be provided.

For more information, visit: https://www.clevelandmetroschools.org/coronavirus

Also, Banter says it is offering free boxed lunches for families in need every Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. while children are out of school at its Gordon Square and Shaker locations. 

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