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The Lunch Box


Since the summer of 2016, Painesville City Local Schools’ Nutrition Services Department has participated in a Mobile Summer Food Service Program: a food truck also known as “The Lunch Box” that provides meals to all children ages 18 and under at no cost.


Modified Schedule Due to COVID-19 Closure:


Meals are distributed from Harvey High School every Tuesday and Friday between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. Meals for multiple days will be provided with each pick-up. In the event of inclement weather, distribution will occur through the gym entrance on the east side of the building. 


Families who walk will also have to walk to the back of the building for meals until further notice. Please only walk in designated areas when approaching the distribution area and maintain a distance of 6' from others.


When picking up meals, please observe the following guidelines:

  • Meal pick up will be at the back of Harvey HS
  • Drive into the entrance to the right of the building (on the side of the student/event entrance) 
  • Follow signs and directions from staff in the lot
  • Stay in vehicle line up and do not leave your car until prompted to do so
  • Indicate how many children you are requesting meals for when signaled
  • At pick up point, leave your car and retrieve the bags
  • Please inform us of any food allergies when picking up the meals
  • Some items need to be heated or refrigerated. Instructions are in the bag.


Should any changes be made to the distribution schedule, these changes will be communicated. Please contact Michelle Papic with any questions:


Normal Schedule:


Meals are provided Monday through Friday during the summer months at the sites and times as follows:

Harvey High School 11:00-11:15AM
Chestnut Elementary (back lot) 11:30-11:45AM
Maple Elementary 12:00-12:15PM
State Street Park 12:30-1:00PM
Elm Street Elementary (back lot) 1:15-1:30PM

*Locations subject to change.


In addition to The Lunch Box, the PCLS Curriculum Department sponsors a summer book swap program, also known as “The PCLS Book Box.” The Book Box follows The Lunch Box each Tuesday and Thursday to all locations stated above (with the exception of Harvey.) All students and parents may take home books to enjoy and swap back for more.


The Book Box partners with the Morley Library so students can earn incentives for their summer program. PCLS teachers drive The Book Box to connect with all students and families within the Painesville community. The YMCA and the Lake County Health District have also joined The Lunch Box on certain days of the week to talk to students and families about healthy food choices and how to stay active.


What is SFSP?

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. This summer, USDA plans to serve more than 200 million free meals to children 18 years and under at approved SFSP sites.  You can find more information here:

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) at

Meals are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

The Lunch Box selected as the Summer Program of the Year for Children’s Hunger Alliance (2016)
As the Program of the Year winner, Kelly Minnick, Director of Nutrition Services and guests were invited to join the 22nd Annual Menu of Hope luncheon in February of 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. Kelly Minnick was recognized for the many great things and the work she has done. The Hunger Alliance was thrilled to be able to recognize her tremendous efforts to help children in Painesville City.      Read The News-Herald Article
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