How will students facing food insecurity get fed?

How will students facing food insecurity get fed?
Posted on 05/01/2020

4/4/2020 Update

During this time of school closure, Mason City Schools Child Nutrition is serving all students in the community 18 and under regardless of eligibility.  Beginning Monday, April 6th, until further notice, the Child Nutrition Department will be distributing multiple days of breakfast and lunch meals on Mondays and Wednesdays.  The main location for curbside service will be the circle at Mason Intermediate from 11:30 to 1:00.   In addition, drop off service on Mondays and Wednesdays will continue from 11:30 to 12:15 at these community sites:

  • Western Row School front parking lot
  • St Vincent de Paul (parking lot in front of Thrift Store)

You may remain in your cars and meals will be distributed in a "drive-up"manner.  Student name and/or ID will be needed and you will be provided a display tag for your car to record that information. To limit contact, meals will be placed in the trunk of each vehicle. 

Also, if your family has had a change in economic status and is in need of meal benefits, the MCS Child Nutrition department is processing Free and Reduced Meal Applications.  Applications are available . During this time of social distancing, you have an option to complete page 7 and take a picture of your signed and completed application with your phone and email it to or

If you have any questions, please call the department at 513-336-6526 and select option 3.  

3/31/2020 Update During this rapidly evolving COVID-19 event, we have been following the guidance of our public health partners. In light of Governor Mike DeWine’s request that all citizens practice measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, it is now time for the district to act swiftly. With that in mind, we do not want to lose sight of supporting our students during this time. 

There are two parts to this answer.

  1. Students who may be facing food insecurity can still access meals from the Child Nutrition Department during the time that our buildings are closed. Our Child Nutrition Department is working closely with our Transportation Department and support staff to plan for grab and go meals on a regular basis. Students will receive both breakfast and lunch meals. See the schedule below. It is suggested, but not required, that families call 229-4444 to pre-order meals for either of the methods of service listed below. Families may specify the days they wish to receive meals and the number of meals per day. This will help the Child Nutrition Department to minimize the overproduction of packed breakfast and lunch meals. At the pick up location, Child Nutrition staff will need either the student ID number or the student name.



Method of Service


M, T

March 16 and 17

Pick up at Mason Intermediate Circle (Front Office)

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

W, R

March 18 and 19

Pick up meals at the neighborhood drop site* 

11:30 AM to 12:15 PM

March 20

No MCS service - Spring Break

See #2 below - Community Support


M - F

March 23-27

No MCS service - Spring Break


See #2 below - Community Support



March 23

Pick up meals at Joshua’s Place and Christ Church

5165 Western Row Road

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

M March 30

Pick up meals at Joshua’s Place and Christ Church

5165 Western Row Road

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

M -F

March 30 - April 3

Pick up meals at the neighborhood drop site*  

11:30 AM to 12:15 PM

  *Neighborhood Drop sites 

Western Row Front Parking Lot, 755 Western Row Rd

Mason Intermediate (see above), 6307 Mason Montgomery Rd

Mason Early Childhood Center, 4631 Hickory Woods Dr

Mason Central Front Parking Lot, 211 North East Street

St. Vincent DePaul, 1065 Reading Rd

If none of these locations are convenient, feel free to come to Mason Intermediate from 11:30 AM to 1:00 daily.

  1. Our community partners are also delivering donated food and other life supplies to families in need. We are grateful for our partnership with Joshua’s Place, whose volunteers are collecting, packaging and distributing Student Meal Kits and other items to Warren County families in need. Contact Molly Schmidt, District Resource Coordinator K-12 at
  2. Joshua’s Place and Christ Church will be handing out student meal kits  from their location on Western Row on Monday, March 23 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM and then 5:00 PM to 7:00PM.  On Monday, March 30 they will also be handing out food from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. A student meal kit includes 5 breakfast and 5 lunches to cover a child for an entire week and the family will receive a family pack which includes cereal, peanut butter, jelly, and hygiene items.

 What community resources will be available for families to access?

  • Mason Food Pantry

406 4th Avenue, Mason, OH 513-229-3191 Hours: Mon 6:30-7:30 PM, Wed 9:30-11:00 AM, Sat 9:30-11:00 AM


  • Schuh Center at St. Susanna

616 Reading Road, Mason, OH 513-398-3821

Hours: Tues 9:00-10:15 AM, Wed 9:00-10:15 AM, Fri 9:00-10:15 AM


  • St. Vincent De Paul - Provides support with a variety of financial assistance
    616 Reading Road, Mason, OH

513-398-3821 ext. 3500


  • FAITH Ministries - Can assist with gas/grocery gift card for families who receive SNAP benefits, assistance with rent/utilities with eviction or disconnection notice
    6315 S. Mason Montgomery Road, Mason OH

513-459-8509 or Walk in Hours Thursdays 1-3 PM


  • Warren County Division of Human Services - Provides financial assistance, medical, food, and child care assistance

416 S. East Street, Lebanon, OH

513-261-1420 or


  • Warren County Health District -   Provides affordable clinics, vaccinations, and health information 
    416 S. East Street, Lebanon, OH
513-695-1228 or
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