PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS 5)-- As the list of schools closing due to the coronavirus continues to grow, so does the concern of students who depend on school for their most nutritious meal of the day.

Alhambra Elementary School District announced Thursday that its 14 schools will not reopen after their spring break and will stay closed until further notice. However, with 12,000 students and 93 percent of them qualifying for free or reduced lunch, they wanted to make sure their students would be OK.

"Breakfast, of course, is the most important meal of the day. And we want our students to be able to at least have that routine and be able to have a solid breakfast and solid lunch each day that our schools are closed," said Linda Jeffries, the director of communications and marketing for Alhambra Elementary School District.

Starting Monday, every Alhambra student living within the district will be eligible to pick up a bag breakfast and lunch every weekday until school reopens. Meals will be distributed outside their schools and at other locations.

Jeffries says, they will even utilize district school buses to help distribute meals. "We are taking breakfast and lunch out on our school buses, and we will be setting up in apartment complexes in their parking lots and distributing in those remote areas."

The district will communicate with parents where the nearest pick-up location to them will be.


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