Changing to Monday, Wednesday, Friday Distribution
The Oshkosh Area School District will be going to a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday meal distribution schedule, with extended times, starting Monday, April 27, 2020. Students, families, and those in need will be able to collect two days’ worth of meals on Mondays and Wednesdays, and three days’ worth of food will continue to be provided on Friday for the weekend. LEARN MORE
Cloth Face Coverings Encouraged
Individuals accessing free meal sites are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings (made from household items like t-shirts, bandanas, scarves, etc.). Wearing a cloth mask is not a substitute for social distancing or good hygiene practices, but it is an important extra protective measure. By encouraging wearing a cloth mask when in public, the District aims to protect those accessing free meals, as well as the essential employees working at each distribution site. This request is in line with the recent recommendation from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). To learn more about the CDC's recommendations, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-faq.html.
Weekend Meals Now Available via OASD Free Grab-and-Go Meal Program
The Oshkosh Area School District is pleased to announce an expansion of its Free Grab-and-Go Meal Program. Effective Friday, April 3, 2020, the OASD will provide free meals for the weekend. Weekend meals will be distributed on Fridays, providing those in need with three days worth of food. There will be no weekend meal distribution sites. Instead, students, families, and community members must visit an OASD meal distribution site (school or neighborhood) on Friday to receive food for the weekend. See below for a listing of OASD meal distribution sites and additional program information.
This weekend expansion was made possible through the tireless efforts of the OASD’s food service department, with approval from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). The OASD remains committed to ensuring that no child or family goes hungry during the COVID-19 pandemic. As previously communicated, the District’s Free Grab-and-Go Meal Program has been deemed an essential service and is continuing during Wisconsin’s recent Safer At Home Order.
Breakfast and Lunch “Grab-and-Go” Meals Available to Families in Need
The OASD recognizes that many students rely on the Free and Reduced Breakfast and Lunch Program at their school and is committed to continuing to meet the needs of all students and families. Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) will be providing free, grab-and-go meals to students in need while schools are closed due to COVID-19. Additionally, at this time the District will be extending free meals to OASD families, thanks to support from private donors. If the funds are depleted for providing free meals to OASD families, additional information will be shared. See below for more details.
As of April 22, the Oshkosh Area School District has served over 66,500 meals (since March 17) through our Free Grab-and-Go Meal Program. We are so grateful to continue to be able to meet this growing need in our community. And we are so grateful for the many incredible individuals that are making it all happen.
"Thank you!" to our food service, support staff, and other volunteers.
"Thank you!" to Donors Helping the OASD Continue to Feed Non-Students (Parents and Siblings)
Ensuring that no child or student family in Oshkosh goes hungry during the COVID-19 pandemic is a priority for the Oshkosh Area School District. However, to continue to meet this community need, the District is seeking help from local businesses, community organizations, and individuals.
At this time, the District is in need of financial donations to continue to provide free grab-and-go meals to families. The District is reimbursed for students only at this time but understands the larger need and is attempting to address it as best as possible. LEARN MORE
"Thank you!" Donors
Numerous donations have been made to support the District’s commitment to feed entire families. “Thank you!” to:
- Dynamic Drinkware LLC - $25,000
- Humanity First USA - $4,800
- JEK Foundation - $5,000
- Oshkosh Rotary Southwest (and member employers) - $3,600
- Service League of Oshkosh - $1,000
2 Ways to Donate
- Cash or Check can be dropped off or mailed to the Oshkosh Area School District, Attn: Business Office at 215 S Eagle Street, Oshkosh, WI 54902. Please indicate “Grab-and-Go Free Meal Program” when making a donation.
- Tax-free donations can be made to the OASD Education Foundation - Basic Needs Fund. Checks should be written out to the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, with the “OASD Basic Needs Fund” written in the memo; and mailed or dropped off to 230 Ohio Street, Suite 100, Oshkosh, WI 54902. To make an electronic donation CLICK HERE.