Keeping our children fed

We are certain we haven’t been alone in wondering how the closure of West Virginia’s schools would affect children who rely on our public educational institutions for breakfasts and lunches. As it turns out, we didn’t need to worry too much.

As has been reported, many local school districts have launched programs to ensure meals are available to area youth, with distribution sites, and, in some cases, even delivery options for the pupils.

Hancock and Brooke counties are both serving lunches for their students, with “grab and go” meals available at select sites.

Brooke County distributions are between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the main entrances of Brooke High School, Brooke Intermediate North (the former Jefferson Primary School), Brooke Primary South (former Wellsburg Primary School) and Brooke Intermediate South (former Franklin Primary School). Tuesday morning, the school district announced it would be adding a site at the county’s current alternative learning center (the former L.B. Millsop School in Weirton).

Hancock County residents, meanwhile can be picked up from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Allison Elementary, New Manchester Elementary and Weirton Elementary for each of those schools. For students of both Weir Middle School and Weir High School, meals will be available at the entrance of Weir Middle School. Meals for both Oak Glen Middle and Oak Glen High will be available at the entrance of Oak Glen Middle.

In some areas of the Ohio Valley, private businesses have stepped up, offering meals to any local child in need of one. The Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling, while closing its dining area, also is making sure meals are available, with special provisions for children.

The Salvation Army in our area also is making certain its food distributions are continuing.

Similar steps are being taken throughout West Virginia. As Gov. Jim Justice reported Monday, more than 500 schools have set up mechanisms to ensure the children are fed.

Many Mountain State residents have personal reasons to worry about COVID-19. A substantial number of us have altered how we live our lives and do our jobs in order to stay safe.