With schools closed for the another two weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic, officials are scrambling to set up distribution centers to provide food to children who depend on the school lunch program.

Foxboro plans to distribute up to 300 bags of food beginning Thursday and continuing every Thursday until necessary, Superintendent Amy Berdos said.

Families with children who receive free or reduced-price lunch at school are eligible for the weekly food bags.

They will be distributed at Ahern School from noon to 2 p.m.

Similar efforts are being made in other school districts in the area.

Attleboro Superintendent David Sawyer said there are families everywhere who suffer from “food insecurity” and rely on the program.

In some cases, a school lunch is “their most reliable meal of their day,” he said, and city schools want to continue providing it for those who need it.

The Norton schools food distribution program began Monday.

Norton School Superintendent Joseph Baeta said about 50 lunches were given out from the back of the high school Monday and he expects that number to increase in upcoming weeks.

Also, the Hockomock YMCA in North Attleboro will give out food to families Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m.

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