Our cafeteria staff are serving safe, free meals for students

Our cafeteria staff are serving safe, free meals for students
Posted on 11/05/2020
An OMS SFNS employee serves food to a studentSafety protocols have been put in place to ensure students are safe when eating lunch and breakfast at school. Meals are free for all students through the end of the school year. 

Some schools have stations where students can grab breakfast on their way to their first class. Other schools, like Bierbaum Elementary, have breakfast carts that School Food and Nutrition Services staff bring from classroom to classroom each morning. 

“Kid safety is always our top priority,” said Ana Ford, cafeteria manager at Bierbaum Elementary. “We go to the classrooms, the kids come up one at a time, and we hand them their breakfast.” 

All breakfast items are individually wrapped for student safety. Students eat breakfast at the beginning of their first class of the day. Hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies are available for them to sanitize their area after they finish eating. 

There are also new safety procedures in place to keep students safe during lunch. 

“We have sanitizer for the kids before they come through the lines, markers on the floor for kids to stand six feet apart and shields in-between cashiers and students when they come through the line,” said Jennifer O’Shaughnessy, cafeteria manager at Oakville Middle School. 

All lunch items are also individually wrapped. Students have access to hand sanitizer before getting their lunch, and they sit in assigned seats that are marked to allow for social distancing. Our SFNS staff are wearing face coverings and gloves and are changing gloves more frequently than in the past. 

Mehlville School District received a waiver in October that will allow us to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all students through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Students in middle and high school also have the option to purchase extra items. Use MySchoolBucks to add money to your child’s account for extra items. View lunch menus.

Students who prefer to bring their lunch can also pick up free milk, juice and a fruit or vegetable.

Grab-and-Go meals for students learning virtually 

Blades Elementary SFNS staff
IMAGE: School Food and Nutrition Services staff at Blades Elementary serve Grab-and-Go meals to families.

Families can take advantage of our Grab-and-Go meals program on days when their child is learning virtually. On Mondays, meals are distributed at all district schools from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meals are distributed at Mehlville High School (3200 Lemay Ferry Road) and Oakville High School (5557 Milburn Road) only on Tuesdays-Fridays from 9-9:45 a.m. 

Grab-and-Go meals are free for all children 18-and-under living in Mehlville School District, including both students and non-students. Please complete this form each week to let our SFNS staff know how many meals to prepare. 
The Mehlville School District strictly prohibits discrimination and harassment against employees, students or others on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or sex including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity and other characteristics protected by law. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: contact Adam Smith at 314-467-5006 or [email protected].