KEYSER - A recommendation by Mineral County superintendent Troy Ravenscroft could not only result in the county being able to deliver meals to students again, but it could also result in some much-needed business for some local restaurants.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - A recommendation by Mineral County superintendent Troy Ravenscroft could not only result in the county being able to deliver meals to students again, but it could also result in some much-needed business for some local restaurants.
When schools were closed across the state on Monday, March 16, county staff members and volunteers got together every day for a little over a week to prepare and make available take-home meals for the county’s children.
By Thursday, the project had ramped up to the point that meal packets were being delivered - along with homework - at various bus stops throughout the county.
This week, however, the delivery was curtailed  because, in an effort to promote “social distancing” and help curb the spread of the coronavirus, the project was instead causing many of the county’s staff to not be able to follow that protocol.
“We no longer believe it’s in the best interest of our students, employees and community members to continue mass preparation and delivery of student meals,” Ravenscroft said Monday.
“It’s nearly impossible to prepare, package, and deliver thousands of meals without increasing personal interactions.”
Wednesday, Ravenscroft took the first steps toward possibly being able to resume providing food … all while helping those local restaurants who have been hit hard by the statewide ban on in-house dining.
Ravenscroft posted a survey on Facebook and on the Mineral County Schools website asking if any local restaurants would be interested in preparing meal packets for students.
In order to meet the state’s daily meal requirements for students, Ravenscroft said breakfast must include fruit, juice, grain, and milk, and lunch must include a vegetable, fruit, grain, meat/meat alternative, and milk.
“ Meal packs would include breakfast/lunch for five days, including milk…. Meal packs would have to be delivered by Monday at 10 a.m.”
Ravenscroft said the participating business could deliver the meal packets to a mutually agreed upon location, and school personnel would handle delivery to the students once a week.
If there are enough businesses willing to participate, meal delivery would begin Monday, April 6.