CL distributes food

The "essential personnel" were on hand Monday morning to hand out breakfast and lunches to the youth at the community. Braving the storm were, left to right, High School Principal Mel Aaron, Elementary School Principal Kristie Taylor, C-L Superintendent Amy Glasl and Food Service Supervisor Rachael McConnell. The staff maintained a healthy six-foot interval while handing out the bags of food to people at the drive through pick-up area.

CLARION TWP. - The administration at the Clarion-Limestone School District braved not only the COVID-19 storm Monday, March 23, but also a real thunderstorm.

The district's "essential personnel" of the district were distributing free breakfast and lunches to all youth ages 2 to 18.

With the schools across Pennsylvania closed, all of the personnel were ordered to stay home except the essential personnel.

Those people included High School Principal Mel Aaron, Elementary School Principal Kristie Taylor, C-L Superintendent Amy Glasl and Food Service Supervisor Rachael McConnell.

Wearing winter coats, they handed out bags of food that could last two days.

McConnell said, "Lunches will include sandwiches, fresh vegetables, fruit, and milk. Cereal and other assorted breakfast items, along with fruit, juice, and milk, will be provided for breakfast. All of it follows the national school nutritional guidelines."

None of the cafeteria workers were able to help.

"We are limiting contact," said McConnell.

The process at C-L is simple. All caregivers and families may drive-through and pick up meals for youth ages two to 18 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Clarion-Limestone High School, located at 4091 C-L School Road off U.S. Route 322 east of Strattanville.

Lunch and breakfast for two days at a time will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

Meals will be given to youth under 18 who are present in the vehicle.

They do not need to be Clarion-Limestone students to participate.

Absolutely no congregating at the location is permitted.

The distribution will continue on Mondays and Thursdays while the schools remain closed.

"We have had about 30 students come by already," said Glasl. "It would be better if it wasn't raining but we are getting through it."

Monday Gov. Tom Wolf extended the statewide closing of schools for two more weeks.

"We will be here again on every Monday and Thursday morning until this is over," said Glasl.