Polk County Schools plans to offer an evening meal pickup option in order to increase opportunities for families to receive free meals for children.

Beginning Thursday, Oct. 8, Polk County Schools will be distributing weekend meals from 4-6 p.m. at the district bus garage. The garage is located behind Stearns Gym and Stearns Education Center in Columbus. Directional signs will be posted on Mills Street near the Polk County Courthouse.

Families will be able to pick up breakfast and lunch for Saturday and Sunday for any Polk County resident under the age of 18.

The free meals will be available each Thursday through December.