County Editor/ Digital Journalist

Vinton-Shellsburg has announced a free cold sack lunch program during their current four-week shutdown amid concerns of COVID-19. The program, which will include a breakfast for the following morning, will run Monday through Friday at locations in Garrison, Shellsburg and Vinton listed below.

• Tilford and Shellsburg Elementary Buildings – 11:30-12:00 – drive by and we will bring out

• Park Apartment’s Parking Lot – 11:30-11:45 – bus and come to the door

• Vinton Public Library – bus on west side (2nd Avenue) – 11:50-12:05 – bus will be parked; come to the door

• Timber Ridge – 11:30-11:45 – bus will be parked; come to the door

• Garrison – Not sure on the time – one of the bus stops

To assist in planning for meals, VSCSD requests parents call 472-5680 or email with the number of children from infant to 18 year old who wish to have meals for and where they will be picked up. A menu will be established next week and will feature items such as cold sandwiches and vegetables. If a family has a special need or request, they are asked to include it with their call or email. Families may pick-up meals even if they have not contacted the school. Everyone is asked to avoid gathering in groups of 10.

The school will add pick-up points “as numbers warrant” and are currently working with Operation Backpack sponsors to provide food bags on Friday to take home. More information can be found at