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APS to start emergency lunch program after schools close to prevent coronavirus

ALPENA, Mich. — With many students getting two out of three major meals during school hours, districts are stepping up to feed them since buildings are closed to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Alpena Public School District is starting its food service emergency closure program this Tuesday. All pick up and bus stop locations are available to everyone 18 and under and special ed students 26 and under. Superintendent of APS, Dr. John VanWagoner, says the goal is to provide relief to local families.

“We have been asked by the Governor and the State Superintendent of Schools to figure out a way to be able to ensure that many of our kids that receive and reduced lunch, and that really is changing rapidly of kids, maybe now they don’t have resources due to layoffs and different things that they have the food that they need to be able to sustain life.”

Children will get meals for two days at a time, and locations will alternate. Visit for more information regarding times and locations.