The school district’s food distribution program is so popular, officials have expanded it to weekends.

Interim Superintendent Beth Smith said around 1,000 meals have distributed in the program’s first five days through Tuesday, March 24, and “we’re expecting that number to increase.” The district is working with Whitsons Food Service on offering the food.

According to a Facebook post Thursday, the district received permission to distribute food on Friday for Saturday and Sunday. On Friday, Smith said people would get three breakfasts and three lunches. Parents are asked to bring a bag on Fridays to collect the weekend food.

Nearly 200 students were fed Wednesday, March 18, the first day that Shelton schools and Whitsons Food Service joined forces to provide food to families while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Shelton schools closed Friday, March 13, until further notice. Under order from Gov. Ned Lamont, all schools in the state closed Monday, March 16, and cannot reopen before April 20. As of Wednesday, March 25, there were more than 850 confirmed cases in Connecticut, eight in Shelton.

Smith alerted parents online last week that the district, in conjunction with Whitsons Food Service, would be offering bagged breakfast and lunch free of charge for all students 18 and younger enrolled in the Shelton public schools and Holy Trinity Catholic Academy. On the first day, Wednesday, March 18, there were 198 families that received food, according to Smith.

Smith said parents can pick up breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday during school closure, between 9 a.m. and noon in the Shelton High School bus loop.

“During this time, the high school’s Meadow Street gates will be closed in order to keep the flow of traffic on Meadow Street moving,” said Smith. “All participants may enter and exit the high school grounds via the North Constitution Boulevard entrance.”

Smith asked parents to continue to check the district website and Facebook page on a regular basis for updates.

brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com