March 18, 2020

Dear LM Community,

Thank you so much for your patience, flexibility and support during this uncertain time. You have been doing a great job as teachers and families taking part in Flexible Instruction Days (FIDs) and finding ways to support one another, and we are so grateful! Included below are a few of the latest reminders and updates.

Schoolwork Assignments Reminder:

While we are operating on Flexible Instruction Days this week and continue this alternative classroom instruction next week, this work counts as a school day in lieu of making up days into the summer. This means students should be completing and turning in assignments as close to the due dates possible as requested by teachers.

We recognize with this alternative classroom instruction that we are all doing our best, and are trying to be flexible as we adapt to virtual instruction. Thank you so much for working through this with us!

Lancaster Food Availability:
We recognize that this is a difficult time for many families. We have compiled a list of the places throughout Lancaster County that are offering free meals for those who might need them.

Free Meal Offerings (subject to change):

Anchorage Breakfast (29 E. Walnut St.) is offering a daily carry-out breakfast between 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Arch Street Center (629 N. Market St.) will provide carry-out meals starting Wednesday, March 18 at noon.

The Moravian Center of Lancaster (227 N. Queen St.) will be accepting donations of brown bag meals to stand in the gap (include a protein source, some kind of fruit, a pack of crackers or other snack item, a drink, and a napkin along with any other non-perishable food items that you feel called to include. Drop off bags Monday-Friday between 9am-1pm. (And push the black doorbell!) Or call (717) 397-9722 to arrange an alternate drop-off time.

Manheim Township School District – starting Tuesday, March 17th – MTSD is offering a bagged meal program (weekdays) that will provide breakfast and lunch for students in a “grab and go” format between the hours of 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at Bucher and Schaeffer Elementary Schools. This is open for all children, age 18 and younger. This will be available for families to “walk-up” or “drive-through” and will take place outside the front of the school

Solanco School District will distribute grab-and-go breakfast/lunch bags in a drive-through service at Solanco High School. This service begins Wednesday March 18 through Friday March 20 and resumes again Monday March 23 through Friday, March 27. Meals will be distributed from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.  The school is asking families to adhere to the following schedule as much as possible:

9:00 – 9:40 a.m. – students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade.

9:40 – 10:20 a.m. – students in grades 4 – 8

10:20  – 11.00 a.m. – students in grades 9 – 12

Donegal School District – Free Lunch to all K-12 students Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Two locations for pick up – The Janus School parking lot, 205 Lefever Rd, Mount Joy, and Donegal Intermediate School, 1177 River Rd, Marietta. The student must be present at the time of pick up.

ELANCO School District is offering a Free lunch Monday to Friday, March 18th – 27th, to anyone 18 years of age and under. Pick up between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at New Holland Mennonite Church, 18 Western Ave, New Holland or Eastern Lancaster County Library Parking Lot, 11 Chestnut Dr, New Holland.  Children must be present in order for meals to be provided. Contact Director of Food Services, Jami Leisey with questions:

Ephrata Area School District – Free meal distribution will take place for all children ages 18 and under on Thursday, March 19, Monday, March 23 and Wednesday, March 25 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Pickup locations at Ephrata High School, Fulton Elementary School and Clay Elementary School. Multiple meals will be provided to cover weekday breakfast and lunches. Children must be present to receive meals.Go to for more info. It is requested families sign up for these meals in advance (link found on school website) Please contact the District Food Services Department with any questions at 717-721-1400, extension 11302.

Feel free to check with your local School District regarding availability of meals as plans are still continuing to develop.

USDA National Hunger Hotline
Call 1-866-3Hungry or 1-877-8Hambre
for food bank, food pantry and other community assistance programs
Text “Food Help” to 97779


We are continuing to make the best decisions we can with the information currently at hand. We appreciate your ongoing patience and flexibility as we modify plans and do our best to keep students, families, employees and our community safe. We will continue to keep you updated as more information and decisions are available.

Our prayers are with you and your families for continued health. And your ongoing prayers are appreciated!

Grace and Peace,

Dr. Pam Tieszen