Photo Essay: Benzie and Frankfort Schools Deliver Meals During COVID-19 Closure
Food is being delivered twice a week to more than 1,000 children.
All Photos By Mackenna Kelly Current Contributor
By order of the governor, Friday, March 13, 2020, was the last day that K-12 students were permitted to attend Michigan schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are two public schools in Benzie County: roughly 1,500 students at Benzie County Central Schools and 500 at Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools. More than 50 percent are considered “economically disadvantaged,” meaning that, when school is in-session, they receive two free or reduced-price meals per day.
During the school closure, both schools are continuing to serve meals to students. Bus drivers are continuing to drive their normal routes twice a week.
Instead of picking up students, they are dropping off food.
Want to sign up for meals to be delivered from a school to your home? Call 231-882-9653 for Benzie County Central Schools; call 231-352-7601 for Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools.
This is the first in a series of stories that The Betsie Current intends to tell about Benzie County during the COVID-19 pandemic: “good news” stories about resiliency, adaptation, ingenuity, compassion, and shared humanity. Read the accompanying article here. Watch the accompanying video here.
Full Disclosure: Aubrey Ann Parker, editor and co-owner of The Betsie Current, is an FEAS school board member and a BCCS soccer coach.