Community volunteers gather at Oscoda High School to distribute pre-packaged breakfast and lunch meals on Wednesday, March 18 to give to local families during the pandemic.

OSCODA – Community volunteers came together on Wednesday, March 18, to pack and distribute bags of pre-packaged breakfast and lunch meals along with essentials to families in the community.

In a time of uncertainty and fear, the Oscoda Area Schools (OAS) administrative team created a way to provide meals and essentials to their students while schools are closed. Families in need of meals pulled up to the front entrance of Oscoda High School (OHS) and received a bag of two breakfast and two lunch meals per student curb side.

Volunteers gathered bags of food and essentials and placed them in locals’ cars in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. According to OAS administration, meal pickup will take place every Monday and Wednesday at OHS at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. until further notice.

In addition to hosting curb side pickup on Monday and Wednesday, OAS administrative staff  said they planned, at press time, to distribute food from five additional “satellite” locations including, the parking lots of Camp Inn Lodge of Oscoda, the Glennie Township Hall, the Greenbush Baptist Church, the Mikado Civic Center and the Fresh Start Fellowship Church on the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base.

Distribution of food from the satellite locations began on Monday, March 23, and is expected to continue from each location on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. until further notice.

Those wishing to pickup food at any of the desired locations are encouraged to email OAS District General Manager Michael Barnhart at barnhartm@oscodaschools.org identifying the number of students needing food and your preferred pickup location. If you are unable to send an email, call 739-2033 and leave a message indicating the number of students requiring food and the preferred pickup location.

Additionally, administrative staff will be working with the backpack program and the pastoral community food giveaway to distribute additional nonperishable food to help families through the difficult time. If you are in more immediate need of food delivery, include your name, the number of students in your household, your physical address and a good telephone number at which you can be reached in your email to barnhartm@oscodaschools.org or call 739-2033.

Administrative staff will be working with a variety of community groups to attempt to make food deliveries. It’s important to note that door to door delivery in not permitted for prepackaged breakfast and lunch meals; however, administrative staff will be working with various community support groups to arrange food deliveries for those in immediate need.