The Mitchell school district of South Dakota began offering free pick up meals to students and anyone under the age of 18 after school districts in the state closed in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Students could pick up meals at one of the five district school buildings for breakfast and lunch. However, one change being made is reducing the number of entrée selections in an attempt to speed up lines amidst growing concerns over social distancing to reduce the possible
spread of COVID-19. The hope is that fewer entrée selections will lessen bottlenecking at doorways and at meal pick-up points. Administrators cite the example of presenting three meal options to a 7-year-old child, and how much more time it takes that child to decide between three as opposed to two entrée selections. The change will involve a two-bag meal pick up system. One of two lunch entrees will be offered in one bag, with the rest of the meal in a separate bag.