Grab and Go Meals to Be Provided Starting March 23

During the school closure, the Southeast Polk Community Schools Food & Nutrition Services Department will provide an opportunity for families to drive through or walk up to pick up meals for their families at a number of school sites beginning Monday, March 23. All children must be present in order for meals to be provided.  Please stay in your car and wait for the meals to be brought to your car and passed through the window.

The sites will provide both breakfast and lunch beginning, Monday, March 23.

  • Monday’s grab and go pick up will provide meals for Monday’s lunch, Tuesday and Wednesday’s breakfast and lunch as well as Thursday’s breakfast.  

  • Thursday’s grab and go pick up will provide meals for Thursday’s lunch, Friday’s breakfast and lunch as well as Monday’s breakfast. 

See the site information below for the exact pickup times. 

This program will be solely for pickup of meals and meals will not be consumed on-site. We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed, continue to wash hands often, sneeze or cough into a tissue or your elbow, and stay home if you are sick. 

Southeast Polk Grab and Go Meal FAQs 

What is included in the meals?

Each breakfast meal includes a grain, fruit and milk.  Each lunch meal includes a meat/meat alternative, grain, fruit, vegetable and milk. While supplies last. 

Are meals only for those who have Free or Reduced meal eligibility?

Meals are provided FREE to everyone ages 1-18 years old no matter their current meal eligibility. No paperwork and no ID is needed.

Can I pick up meals for someone else?

Based on USDA regulations that SEP is required to follow, the children, ages 1 – 18, must be present to receive meals.

Is the curbside meal pick-up service safe?

Many of our staff members are ServSafe certified plus all receive food safety training.  Food safety is a high priority and we are following all required safe food handling guidelines.

How should I store my meals?

Meals not consumed upon receiving should be placed in the refrigerator immediately. Discard leftovers within 5 days.

Can one of my older kids(16+) pick up the meals or does it have to be an adult?

Yes, but they still need to bring the other children to get additional meals for those children. 

I don’t have transportation. Can I walk up?

Yes, you may walk up but please continue to practice social distancing. Walk up and quickly get your meals. Also, please be careful around what could be higher traffic areas. 

I don’t need meals but want to help provide transportation for those unable to get there. How do I do that?

Thanks for offering to help!  We are not able to deliver meals to students. You are more than welcome to work with those students’ families you know of to determine transportation to the site to pick up meals.

Will you add more sites?

In order to get started as quickly as possible, these sites were confirmed.  If additional sites are needed, we will reevaluate.  

Site Locations & Delivery Dates/Times:

  • Altoona Elementary 301 6th street SW, Altoona, IA   | 11 a.m. – 12 noon, Monday and Thursday
  • Four Mile Elementary  670 SE 68th St, Pleasant Hill, IA    | 11 a.m. – 12 noon, Monday and Thursday
  • Willowbrook Elementary  300 17th ave SW, Altoona, IA  | 11 a.m. – 12 noon, Monday and Thursday
  • Kings Court  4171 E Broadway Ave., DSM IA | 11:30 a.m. – 12 noon, Monday & Thursday (Broadway Trailer Court)
  • Mitchellville, Legacy Bank parking lot  215 Center Ave S, Mitchellville, IA | 11:30 a.m. – 12 noon, Monday & Thursday
  • Delaware Elementary 4401 E. 46th St., Des Moines, IA  | 11 a.m. – 12 noon, Monday and Thursday

The well-being of our students, especially those who may be food-insecure, is top of mind as we work to provide this important service to the families within our communities. For all updates regarding the coronavirus, please click here: