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For six weeks, the Hastings Public School District has fed nearly 16,000 children in the area. 

Brittney Hirschauer, director of food services for the district, presented the summer food program numbers so far during the Hastings Public School Board meeting on July 28. 

For three weeks in June, the district distributed breakfast to 8,107 area children and lunch to 8,040 area children. 

For three weeks in July, the district distributed breakfast to 7,253 area children and lunch to 7,952 area children. 

The district is averaging 2,560 breakfasts per week and 2,665 lunches per week. 

In total, the district has distributed 15,360 breakfast meals and 15,992 lunch meals. 

Meals are being distributed in the following locations from until August 23:

  • Pinecrest: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Middle school: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • High school: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • McAuliffe: 11-11:15 a.m.
  • Kennedy: 11:25-11:40 a.m.
  • Lake Isabel Park: 11:150 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Once per week on Mondays, the district also delivers five breakfast and five lunches to the following areas:

  • Our Saviors Lutheran Church: 5-6 p.m.
  • Crossroads Church: 11-11:15 a.m.
  • St. John the Baptist Catholic School (Vermillion): 8:45-11:15 a.m.
  • St. Mathias (Hampton): 11:25-11:40 a.m.
  • Wiederholts (Miesville): 11:55 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Menu items include everything from pizza, pancakes, sandwiches and more. 

Hirschauer also said a first-year partnership with Hastings Family Service has been greatly beneficial as well. 

Twice this summer the food program and Hastings Family Service have collaborated, providing a location, handing out large boxes of food with breakfast and lunches to bring home for the rest of the family. 

Clerk Stephanie Malm said she thought the program has been "wonderful," complimenting Hirschauer and the entire food staff for their efforts. 

When asked if the food service department has heard of any missed meals this summer, Hirschauer said it's only been a few times. In those cases, Hirschauer has asked the families to come to the school and the meals were given to them at that time. 

For more information on the summer lunch program and the district's food service department, visit the following link

Other board news:

  • The board unanimously approved the consent agenda
  • The board unanimously approved over $136,000 worth of donations during the fourth quarter (April-June 2021).
  • The board unanimously approved a number of policies, including:
    • Family and Medical Leave
    • Harassment and Violence
    • Mandated Reporting of Child Neglect or Physical or Sexual Abuse
    • Bullying Prohibition 
    • Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy
    • School District System Accountability
    • Early Admission to Kindergarten
  • The board unanimously approved calling for an election on the second day of November. 
  • The board unanimously approved the strategic plan report

The Hastings Public School Board meeting can be viewed on the Hastings Community Television Youtube page

The Hastings Public School Board will meet on August 11 from 5-9 p.m., for a summer board retreat. 

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