With so many schools closing around the United States, I’m concerned about families who rely on school meals.
School meals are so important for low income families. According to the School Nutrition Association, more than 22 million children rely on free or reduced-price school meals as their main source of nutrition.
Many schools and businesses are also recognizing the hardship that has been placed on families during this time. We’ve found accommodations being made in several areas across the United States!
Oakland United School District – Through a partnership with No Kid Hungry, drivers are being hired to stock community food distribution centers. Families can go to these centers to pick up free meals for their kids. Grab and go meals are also available Monday through Thursday. Check the website for updates and how Shelter in Place affects these options.
San Francisco Unified School District will provide free meals to all children 18 and younger during the school closure.
In keeping with social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the state of Florida has activated Summer BreakSpot to make sure kids don’t go hungry during school closures.
According to Governor Pritzker, the state has received the needed waivers to continue offering two meals per day to students who are eligible for free or reduced lunches. Local districts are responsible for contacting families with information about how to receive those meals.
Manna Food Center in partnership with No Kid Hungry is providing emergency meals for kids during school closures.
A mobile meal dispatch and drop-off service is being formed in Jackson. This service will provide breakfast and dinner meals for families while schools and other services are closed. The program is a combined effort by the UMMC Surgery Department, Association of Women Surgeons, UMMC Medical Studetns, City of Jackson, Jackson Meals Matter task Force, Jackson Fire Department, the People’s Advocacy Institute and Strong Arms of Jackson.
Jersey City Public Schools will feed kids from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.. Any Jersey City resident 18 or under can stop by 18 locations for free breakfast and lunch.
Governor Michelle Grisham has said that the cafeterias will remain open even when the schools are closed and that meals will be delivered to children who can’t get to them.
New York City Public Schools are providing three meals a day for free.
We have confirmed that meals are available at the following schools:
New Hanover County
- Rachel Freeman School of Engineering
- Castle Hayne Elementary School
- Wrightsboro Elementary School
- Mary C. williams Elementary School
- Pine Valley Elementary School
- Sunset Park Elementary School
- D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy at UNCW
- Emma B Trask Middle School
- College Park Elementary School
- Snipes Academy of Ars & Design
- New Hanover High School
- Alderman Elementary School
- Winter Park Elementary School
- Mary Washington Howe Pre-K Center
Meals will also be distributed at the Brigade Boys & Girls Club’s Teen Center and the Houston Moore Housing Authority on weekdays. Students may receive two meals per day while schools are closed.
- Bladen Lakes Primary
- Bladenboro Middle
- Clarkton School of Discovery
- East Arcadia Elementary
- Elizabethtown Middle
- Tar Heel Middle
- West Bladen High
- North Brunswick High School
- South Brunswick High School
- West Brunswick High School
Columbus County schools are distributing breakfast and lunch during certain hours.
Pender County Schools
Meal pickup will be available at all 18 school sites during certain hours.
Ohio schools have received a waiver allowing them to provide grab-and-go meals or other forms of assistance to low income families.
Columbus City Schools are offering free meals to all children during the three-week closure. Again, this is for all children and not just students. Pre-packaged meals will be distributed at 13 schools around the city beginning on Tuesday, March 17. Locations and hours can be found here.
Oregon schools are authorized by the state to offer grab-and-go meals or other forms of assistance to low income families.
Greenville County Schools are providing breakfast and lunch to students during the school closure. Pick- up sites and details are listed on the link provided.
Lynchburg City Schools will serve breakfast and lunch to all children 18 and under regardless of income. See pick-up locations in link.
Seattle Public Schools is planning to set up tents with sack lunches for affected students. It is expected that these will be available beginning on Monday, March 16.
US Senator Joe Manchin has assured his constituents that there are plans in the works to provide meals to the 120,000 children in West Virginia that rely on them. Details are unavailable yet.
Cabell County Schools have declared that they will be providing “Gram & Go” student meal sites throughout the county. Any child age 18 and under can receive a free bagged meal every weekday. The next day’s breakfast is included with every lunch.
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