Southern Wells staff distributed 168 breakfasts and 168 lunches Wednesday to their students. Schools and local businesses are providing meals to those who may need it during this time of uncertainty. (Photo from Southern Wells Community Schools)

By JESSICA BRICKER

Wells County’s three public school districts continue to communicate updates to their students and parents as this situation progresses.

At this time, Northern Wells and Southern Wells are set to return on April 20, and Bluffton students are set to return April 13.

Schools are aiming to fill the need for food that some will face while school is not in session.

Northern Wells Community Schools intends to offer free meals to its students beginning on April 1. There is a survey on the district’s website for those interested to fill out. Responses should be submitted by 7 a.m. Monday, March 23.

Southern Wells Community Schools is providing free breakfast and lunch meals. They can be picked up at Door 32 from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, March 30; Monday, April 6 and Monday, April 13. Meals for five days will be provided each pick-up day.

Parents and guardians should bring their child with them. Staff will bring meals out to the vehicles.

Bluffton-Harrison Metropolitan Schools will serve meals through a federally funded program to students under the age of 18. Meals will be cold and ready to eat or able to be heated and served.

Curbside pick-up will be available Door 1 at Bluffton-Harrison Elementary School from 10:50 a.m to 12:50 p.m. on weekdays from March 30 to a date to be determined. Food will not be served on Good Friday, April 10.

Students must be present at the time of pick-up and meals for adults are $3.

Meanwhile, the schools continue to utilize the backpack program through Wells County 4-H to provide packs of food for families each weekend during the school year.