Malheur County schools announce plans to provide free meals during closure

The Ontario School District will continue to provide food services to students during the school closure. Food will be available beginning Monday, March 16 until Tuesday, March 31. (FILE/The Enterprise)

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The Ontario School District will continue to offer food services to all students while schools are closed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

As part of a statewide mandate, the district closed school from Monday, March 16 until Wednesday, April 1.

The closure impacts all school activities, including athletic events and practices.  

The school district is currently working to develop a plan to implement childcare services, and hopes to bring a plan online next week, said Taryn Smith, school district public information coordinator.

The district will provide “Grab-and-Go” meals, that will be available for students 18 and under to pick up during the statewide school closure. 

The “Grab-and-Go” meal sites in addition to a drop site will remain in operation from Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20, Monday, March 23, through Friday, March 27, Monday, March 30, and Tuesday, March 31. 

A drop site is a location where parents and students can pick up a sacked lunch outside of the district’s school buildings, Smith said.

The Grab-and-Go meal sites are at Alameda Elementary School, May Roberts Elementary School, and Ontario High School and will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.  

The drop site is at Sierra Vista Apartments at 789 Sierra Vista Dr., and the district will secure another site next week if necessary, Smith said.

The drop site will also run from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.


The Nyssa School District will serve breakfast and lunch to students for Monday through Wednesday next week in the school cafeteria, according to Nyssa School District superintendent Darren Johnson.

The district had planned to cancel school the rest of the week due to parent-teacher conferences. However, the conferences are now canceled, and the district is trying to order food in order to feed students for a longer period of time.

Johnson said only “necessary personnel” will work to provide the “nutrition need to students who need it.”

Johnson also said the district will run its bus routes in the morning and at lunch time “in order to deliver food to students who cannot make it to school to eat.”

The district is advising parents: “If we see you at the bus stop, we will stop and provide food for you.”


The Vale. School District is providing free “grab and go” meals for breakfast and lunch on Monday, March 16, through Thursday, March 19, and on Monday, March 30, and Tuesday, March 31.

Families can pick up meals for children 18 and under from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Vale Elementary School, 403 East St. W. and at Willowcreek Elementary.


The Malheur Education Services District operates two full day preschool classrooms located in Nyssa and Ontario, each with a total of 18 students, that will be affected by the statewide school closure.

Mark Redmond, the superintendent for the Malheur Education Services District, said that food boxes containing breakfast, snack and lunch items will be delivered to the homes of enrolled students on Monday, March 16, between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Redmond said that the food boxes contain enough items for the entire week of March 16, through Friday, March 20.

A second delivery will be made on Monday, March 30, between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. containing enough food items to last for March 30, and Tuesday, March 31, Redmond said.

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