Gov. Kay Ivey last week announced the decision to close all public schools in the state due to the coronavirus.

The decision not only affects classwork, however, but the food children receive during the day.

Opelika and Auburn schools are coming up with ways to make sure children do not go unfed during the school closures.

Beginning Monday, Opelika City Schools will serve lunch to local students despite the school closings.

Children under 18 can pick up a sack lunch from Carver Primary School and Opelika High School from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The lunches are free for students regardless of which school they attend and no paperwork is required.

The schools will only serve as a pickup location for the lunches and meals are not to be eaten on-site. Children must be present in order to receive their meal and one lunch will be provided per child.

Carver Primary School is at 307 Carver Ave. Opelika High School is at 1700 Bulldog Parkway, across from Southern Union State Community College.

Auburn City Schools will partner with the Auburn Dream Center to provide food to students.

The Auburn Dream Center is an agency of Church of the Highlands.

The Dream Center has 19 “serve teams” that community members can join.

“In partnership with the Auburn Dream Center and with the generous support of our community, Auburn City Schools is assisting with the provision of family meal boxes to those in need,” Superintendent Cristen Herring has announced.

Arrangements were made using an online reservation system. Many school system families received correspondence Monday from Ashley Powell, director of child nutrition.

Respondents have scheduled a pickup time for today. Families will receive a combination of ready-to-eat items and products that can be prepared at home.

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