ATLANTA - Local school officials are making sure students who normally rely on free meals or reduced lunches don't go hungry amid the coronavirus outbreak. To help, many school districts have set up ways to distribute meals to those children.
FOX 5 is compiling a list of the different districts. The information is provided directly from each school district with little to no edits to ensure it is disseminated in a timely fashion.
Here is the current list:
ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Free-bagged Meals (Breakfast & Lunch) at Five APS School Sites
Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, all APS students can daily receive free-bagged meals (breakfast and lunch) at five school sites that will be open for food distribution Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
- Bunche Middle School, 1925 Niskey Lake Rd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30331
- Cleveland Avenue Elementary School, 2672 Old Hapeville Rd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30315
- Douglass High School, 225 Hamilton E Holmes Dr., NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
- Phoenix Academy (formerly Alonzo Crim High School), 256 Clifton St., SE, Atlanta, GA 30317
- Sylvan Hills Middle School, 1461 Sylvan Rd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
Starting on Wednesday, March 18, APS will also offer five other anchor sites that will provide food distribution for the same period as the above schools.
- Booker T. Washington High School, 45 Whitehouse Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30314
- Hope-Hill Elementary School, 112 Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
- King Middle School, 545 Hill St SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
- Thomasville Heights Elementary School, 1820 Henry Thomas Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA 30315
- Young Middle School, 3116 Benjamin E Mays Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30311
In addition to the sites, APS will also offer food distribution on all middle school bus routes starting on March 18 in the following clusters: Therrell, South Atlanta, Washington, Jackson, Mays, Douglass, and Carver. You can find the bus schedule here.
Ready to Eat Meals at Local Community Sites
Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, APS partner, GOODR, will provide ready to eat meals at the following local community sites:
- Hosea Williams Feed The Hungry, 4779 Mindy St., Atlanta, GA 30366, Phone: 404-755-3353, Food Pantry: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Bring ID
- Loaves and Fishes @ St. John the Wonderworker Parish, 543 Cherokee Ave., SE Atlanta, GA 30312, Phone: 678-373-9433, Serves food Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Shelf Stable Groceries at Five APS School Sites
Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, all APS families can report to one of the five open APS school sites (Bunche, Cleveland Avenue, Douglass, Phoenix Academy, Sylvan Hills), Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., to receive a weekly bag of shelf-stable grocery items from the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
BARROW COUNTY SCHOOLS
Our Nutrition Department will be providing meals at Apalachee and Winder-Barrow High Schools with a “drive-in” set-up at each school. Any person under the age of 18 may come weekdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a bagged meal, which will include a hot breakfast and deli type lunch. Menus will be posted on our website.
CLAYTON COUNTY SCHOOLS
While schools are closed indefinitely, Clayton County Public Schools will serve breakfast and lunch meals at ten (10) preselected sites beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. All meals will be served at all schools on a grab and go basis. Sites selected to participate are Edmonds Elementary, Jackson Elementary, Lake Ridge Elementary, Eddie White Academy, Rex Mill Middle, Kendrick Middle School, North Clayton Middle, Forest Park High, Mundy's Mill High, Riverdale High. Those eligible for this service must be 18 or younger or individuals with a state-defined mental or physical disability.
Clayton County Public Schools’ willing employees will be utilized for food service on a volunteer basis. Meal service hours are as follows: Breakfast 8 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
In addition, Mobile Food Pantries will be available to support families on March 20 at 4 p.m. at Forest Park Middle School and March 31 at 3 p.m. at Riverdale Middle School.
COBB COUNTY SCHOOLS
To continue to support Cobb students while schools are closed, the Cobb County School District is partnering with MUST Ministries to provide food to students in need. Starting Wednesday, March 18, MUST will be operating 29 food pantries inside Cobb Schools to distribute boxes of food to families. The food boxes will only be available for curbside pickup.
- South Cobb area pantries will open March 18 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
- West area pantries will open March 19 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
- North/East Cobb and Smyrna pantries will open March 20 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
For more information about the MUST Food Rapid Response program, including pick-up locations, times, and other details, go to the MUST Ministries website.
For any organization who’d like to participate in meeting the needs of our school community, please contact MUST Ministries directly or reach out to the Cobb Schools Foundation for more information. Go here to learn how to donate to Cobb Students in need.
DEKALB COUNTY SCHOOLS
DeKalb County School District has increased its feeding sites to a total of 30 locations during the COVID-19 closure. All DeKalb County students can receive a free bagged lunch daily, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to noon at the schools listed. In addition, DCSD’s partner, DeKalb County government, will provide snacks to students between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the listed recreation centers.
DCSD has also partnered with Atlanta Community Food Bank, which will distribute food once a week beginning March 23, at some of our feeding sites. The District is seeking additional partners. We are continually reviewing the number of sites and will adjust based on need.
- Cross Keys High School
- Sequoyah Middle School
- Idlewood Elementary School
- Tucker Middle School
- Lithonia High School
- Marbut Elementary School
- Clarkston High School
- Jolly Elementary School
- Chapel Hill Middle School
- Narvie J. Harris Elementary School
- Bethune Middle School
- Candy Lane Elementary School
- McNair Middle School
- Early Learning Center
- John R. Lewis Elementary School
- Avondale Elementary School
- Stephenson Middle School
- Freedom Middle School
- Miller Grove Middle School
- Peachcrest Elementary School
- Cedar Grove Elementary School
- Gresham Recreation, 3113 Gresham Road Atlanta, GA 30316
- Exchange Intergenerational, 2771 Columbia Drive Decatur, GA 30034
- Redan Recreation, 1839 Phillips Road Lithonia, GA 30058
- Tobie Grant, 644 Parkdale Drive Scottdale, GA 30079
- N.H. Scott, 2230 Tilson Road Decatur, GA 30032
- Lucious Sanders, 2484 Bruce Street Lithonia, GA 30058
- Mason Mill, 1340- B McConnell Drive Decatur, GA 30033
- Hamilton, 3263 Chapel Street Scottdale, GA 30079
- Midway Recreation Center, 3181 Midway Road Decatur, GA 30032
DOUGLAS COUNTY SCHOOLS
Beginning March 18, free meals will be available for children ages 0-18 at several Douglas County sites. Meals will be available for pickup at five locations: Alexander High School, Chapel Hill High School, Douglas County High School, Lithia Springs High School, and New Manchester High School.
Each location will provide a Wednesday drive-up service for 100 children from 9:00 AM until noon. Douglas County School Nutrition will distribute five days worth of breakfast and lunch to children every Wednesday until school resumes. Meal service will increase based on the needs of the community. If the school closure extends, service will extend into other areas.
The community meal service is available for all children ages 0-18, regardless of school or place of residence. Children must be present in the car to receive meals. Each child present in the vehicle will receive a five-day supply of breakfast and lunch. Parents and children must stay in the car and drive through the front entrance of the school for meal service. Visitors to New Manchester High School must enter through the back Cafe entrance, where nutrition workers and volunteers will deliver meals.
Volunteers will assist with food preparation on Tuesday and meal delivery on Wednesday. All community volunteers must register in advance through School Nutrition. Please contact the School Nutrition Office directly at 770.651.2300 to register to volunteer.
FULTON COUNTY SCHOOLS
The district has also created a food distribution program for families in need of nutritional support. Effective Monday, March 16, Fulton County Schools will provide an opportunity for families to pick up meals at Lake Forest Elementary School, Mimosa Elementary School, Haynes Bridge Middle School, Tri-Cities High School, Banneker High School, and Langston Hughes High School on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
GWINNETT COUNTY SCHOOLS
Plans for GCPS employees for the week of March 16-20 On Thursday, March 12, Gwinnett County Public Schools announced that the week of March 16-20 would be Digital Learning Days for students. During next week’s Digital Learning Days, all teachers who are leading digital lessons will work from home. All other school-based staff will report to school locations and all district staff will report to work. Transportation supervisors will communicate work details directly to bus drivers and monitors.
Meals for students during March 16-20: As part of next week’s (March 16-20) work schedule, School Nutrition staff and Transportation staff will coordinate to provide meals for students. GCPS will provide lunch for anyone 18 or younger at 68 school sites in the district. (The list of school sites is found on the next page.) These lunches will be provided at no cost to the individual through the federal School Nutrition Program. The student must be present to receive the meal. These 68 sites will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for meal pickup. In addition, GCPS school buses will make lunches available for pick up at bus stops near the 68 sites. Information about estimated delivery times at these bus stops will be shared on the GCPS website once they are finalized.
Note: On Thursday, March 19, Gwinnett County Public Schools will announce its plans for March 23-27, following a thorough review of the COVID-19 situation at that time.
The following schools will provide lunch for pick-up to anyone 18 years old or younger the week of March 16-20:
Alcova Elementary School, Alford Elementary Anderson-Livsey Elementary School, Annistown Elementary School, Arcado Elementary School, Baggett Elementary School, Baldwin Elementary Beaver Ridge Elementary School, Benefield Elementary School, Berkeley Lake Elementary School, Berkmar High School, Berkmar Middle School, Bethesda Elementary School, Britt Elementary School, Cedar Hill Elementary School, Centerville Elementary School, Central Gwinnett High School, Chesney Elementary School, Corley Elementary School, Discovery High School, Duluth High School, Duluth Middle School, Ferguson Elementary School, Grace Snell Middle School, Graves Elementary School, Gwinnett InterVention Education (GIVE) Center East, Gwinnett Intervention Education (GIVE) Center West, Harris Elementary School, Hopkins Elementary School, Jackson Elementary School, Jenkins Elementary School, Jordan Middle School, Kanoheda Elementary School, Knight Elementary School, Lawrenceville Elementary School, Lilburn Elementary School, Lilburn Middle School, Lovin Elementary School, Magill Elementary School, McKendree Elementary School, Meadowcreek Elementary School, Meadowcreek High School, Minor Elementary School, Moore Middle School, Nesbit Elementary School, Norcross Elementary School, Norcross High School, Northbrook Middle School, Norton Elementary School, Partee Elementary School, Paul Duke STEM High School, Peachtree Elementary School, Pinckneyville Middle School, Radloff Middle School, Richards Middle School, Rockbridge Elementary School, Rosebud Elementary School, Shiloh Elementary School, Shiloh High School, Shiloh Middle School, Simonton Elementary School, Snellville Middle School, South Gwinnett High School, Stripling Elementary School, Summerour Middle School, Sweetwater Middle School, Sycamore Elementary School, and Winn Holt Elementary School.
HENRY COUNTY SCHOOLS
HCS Nutrition Services to Offer Free Take-Home Meals with Curbside Pickup During School Closures
Henry County Schools and the School Nutrition Department will be offering free take-home meals during the current school closure.
Starting Wednesday, March 18, families will be able to pick up lunch for that day and breakfast for the following morning for their student(s) (regardless of the school they attend in Henry County Schools) at one of the following locations:
- Locust Grove Elementary - 95 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Locust Grove, GA 30248
- Hampton Middle School - 799 Hampton-Locust Grove Rd., Hampton, GA 30228
- McDonough Middle School - 175 Postmaster Dr., McDonough, GA 30253
- Stockbridge Middle School - 533 Old Conyers Rd., Stockbridge, GA 30281
This drive-thru pickup line will run from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at these locations. Again, it does not matter if the student attends that school or not. Henry County students can pick up meals at any of the locations.
We will have this service available on the following days/dates:
- Wednesday, March 18
- Thursday, March 19
- Friday, March 20
- Monday, March 23
- Tuesday, March 24
- Wednesday, March 25
- Thursday, March 26
- Friday, March 27
MARIETTA CITY SCHOOLS - MEAL DELIVERY
MCS's School Nutrition and Transportation Departments have developed a plan to deliver lunch and snacks to students at 81 specific stops across 18 different routes throughout the district. Locations and times are grouped by elemterary school zones. "Please note that you are welcome at any of our distribution sites, regardless of your specific zone or current school." A Healthy lunch and snack will be delivered at the times listed for each location Monday-Friday. It begin on March 16 and will continue until school is back in session.
ROME CITY SCHOOLS
For those who wish to receive a school meal, one may be picked up at any of our Rome City School campuses between the following times: Monday, 03.16.20: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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