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Written by The Bee

March 31, 2020

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BULLHEAD CITY/MOHAVE VALLEY – A new federal ruling will make it easier for some parents to pick up free meals for their children while Bullhead City Elementary and Colorado River Union High School District campuses are closed.  Effective immediately, students do not have to accompany parents when picking up breakfast and lunch grab-and-go containers.

The meals are available for all children 18 years of age and younger, regardless of where they go to school.  They are currently available weekday mornings at five BCESD and CRUHSD schools between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.  Those schools are Desert Valley, Diamondback and Sunrise Elementary, Bullhead City Middle and River Valley High Schools.

For many, school breakfasts and/or lunches are the only reliable meals they get during the day.  Since the program began in mid-March, about 5,000 meals (2,500 breakfasts and 2,500 lunches) have been distributed to BCESD and CRUHSD area children.  Because they are considered essential services, the meals and pick-ups are allowed during both the state-mandated school campus closures and Monday’s gubernatorial stay at home executive order. 

The free student meal program is overseen by Chartwells Dining Services, which is the BCESD and CRUHSD food service vendor.

Additional information about the program is available on the Districts’ website ( along with Facebook updates at Colorado River Schools / @crsk12az.

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