What you need to know about meals while schools are closed during coronavirus outbreak

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On Sunday, we learned that the United States Department of Agriculture decided to allow schools across Alabama to continue feeding students during the state-mandated coronavirus closures.

School systems across the Tennessee Valley are working together to figure out how to best provide the meals. Here’s what we know so far about the following school systems:

Athens City Schools

The following schedule will last through March 27.

DATES:  Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18

TIME:  10:00 am – 12:00 pm

LOCATIONS:  Any ACS school location

DETAILS:

  • Meals will be available at any of our school locations on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Meals will be distributed “Grab-and-Go” style (drive up or walk up)
  • We will provide 2 meals daily (1 breakfast and 1 lunch meal)
  • There must be at least 1 person in the vehicle (or walking) who is 18 or younger
  • At the grab-and-go, you will tell us the number of meals needed for children (18 and younger) in your household
  • All children 18 and younger can receive food AT NO COST whether they are an ACS student or not

DATES:  Thursday, March 19 through Friday, March 27 (Weekdays only. No weekend distribution.)

TIME:  10:00 am – 12:00 pm

LOCATIONS:  

  • Athens Elementary School (Clinton St. Campus)
    • 601 S. Clinton St. Athens, AL  35611 *Located on the corner of S. Clinton St. and Forrest St.
  • The Haven
    • 810 N. Malone St. Athens, AL  35611 *Located on the corner of N. Malone and 5th Ave.

DETAILS:

  • Meals will be available at the two locations listed above (AES and The Haven)
  • Meals will be distributed “Grab-and-Go” style (drive up or walk up)
  • We will provide 2 meals daily (1 breakfast and 1 lunch meal)
  • There must be at least 1 person in the vehicle (or walking) who is 18 or younger
  • At the grab-and-go, you will tell us the number of meals needed for children (18 and younger) in your household
  • All children 18 and younger can receive food AT NO COST whether they are an ACS student or not

WEEK OF SPRING BREAK (MARCH 30-APRIL 3)

We will notify our school community and post information to social media when the details are finalized.

IF YOU NEED HELP GETTING MEALS FOR YOUR CHILD (CHILDREN)

If you need food and have no way to get to any location, let your school principal know and we will make every effort to get food to you.

Decatur City Schools

For information regarding meals or students that are in need of food between March 17 and March 27, please click here or visit the Decatur City Schools Facebook page for a list of sites for curbside pickup meals. Students may pick up meals at one any of the seven sites.

DeKalb County Schools

On March 17, pickup and distribution locations will be announced in each community to serve the food and nutritional need of our students during the extended school closure. The school system is actively ordering and processing food for deliveries, seeking volunteers and organizing efforts.

The school system will also provide a list of community ministries that provide food service in addition to the school system efforts.

The school system said meals will be provided at a pickup sight in each town near a school between 10 am and 2 pm. The pickup sights and schedule will be posted Tuesday, March 17 via the board of education’s social media.

March 17th Fort Payne Middle School, Williams Avenue Elementary School, and Will’s Valley Elementary School will all have meals prepared for students at 11 am to 12 pm.

Three buses will also run to bring students to eat.

Bus route 1 will run to Fort Payne Walking Park (11:00 am -11:15 am), Stewart Court Apartments (11:30 am -11:45 am), Green Acres Trailer Park (12:00 pm – 12:30 pm), and Fort Payne Family Worship Center (12:45 pm – 1:00 pm).

Bus Route 2 will run to 13th Street Apartments (11:00 am – 11:15 am), Fort Payne Church of Christ (11:30 am – 11:45 am), Mountain Trace Apartments (12:00 pm – 12:15 pm), and Briarwood Apartments (12:45 pm – 1:00 pm).

Bus Route 3 will run to the Five Points Bus Stop (11:00 am – 11:30 am) and Fischer Rescue Squad (12:00 pm – 12:30 pm)

Florence City Schools

Are providing our children the opportunity to receive meals Monday through Friday. Locations are setup to distribute grab-and-go breakfast and lunch for all Florence City Schools students and any child 18 or under. Children must be present to receive a meal.

Meal distribution will begin on Wednesday, March 18th. Pick-up times will be from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • W.C. Handy School
  • Weeden Elementary School
  • Harlan Elementary School
  • Florence Middle School
  • Church of the Highlands at the Shoals Marriott Conference Center
  • The Dream Center on Cloverdale Road

Huntsville City Schools

Free lunch service will be offered at the following locations between 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. through Friday, March 27.

Participating school sites include:

  • Lee High School – 2500 Meridian St., Huntsville, AL 35811
  • Lakewood Elementary – 3501 Kenwood Dr., Huntsville, AL 35810
  • Morris Elementary/Middle – 4801 Bob Wallace Rd., Huntsville, AL 35805
  • Chaffee Elementary – 7900 Whittier Rd, Huntsville, AL 35802

At each of these sites, the HCS Child Nutrition Program team will provide free Grab N’ Go lunches for all youth, ages 18 years and under.  This program is offered at no cost to all youth in our community.

We like to think of this as a drive-thru meal service to make it convenient for our families.  Walk-up participants are also welcomed.  There will be a separate meal station for the walk-up service.

Huntsville City Schools will be offering two school bus delivery options in our community from 11:00 a.m. until noon.

Meals will be delivered weekdays between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. in the following areas:  Cherokee Bend Apartments, Squaw Valley Apartments, Edmonton Heights Apartments, Meadow Hills Apartments, Northwoods Homes, Shady Grove Mobile Homes and Merrimac Manor Mobile Homes. This service will last through Friday, March 27, 2020. 

This school bus delivery service will be offered March 20 – Friday, March 27 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Weekdays Only)

Students are invited to “Look for the bus, listen for the horn, and receive a free meal.” Buses will be driving slowly through the distribution areas and announcing their arrival by sounding their horns. Meals will be handed to students from the school bus door. 

Fort Payne City Schools

Fort Payne City Schools will offer breakfast/lunch pick-up locations Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, April 3. The locations and times are as followed:

  • Fort Payne Middle School: 11-12
  • Williams Avenue Elementary School: 11-12
  • Wills Valley Elementary School: 11-12
  • Bus #1
    • Ft. Payne Walking Park: 11:00-11:15
    • Stewart Court Apartments: 11:30-11:45
    • Green Acres Trailer Park: 12:00-12:30
    • Fort Payne Family Worship Center at Pine Hills: 12:45-1:00
  • Bus #2
    • 13th Street Apartments: 11:00-11:15
    • Fort Payne Church of Christ: 11:30-11:45
    • Mountain Trace Apartments: 12:00-12:15
    • Briarwood Apartments: 12:45-1:00
  • Bus #3
    • Five Points Bus Stop (on Dogtown Road) 11:00-11:30
    • Fischer Rescue Squad: 12:00-12:30

Guntersville City Schools

Food pick-up for families with students attending Guntersville High School or Guntersville Middle School will be held at Guntersville High School on Monday, March 16th (1-3 p.m.) and Wednesday, March 18th (9-11 a.m.)

Food pick-up for families with students attending Cherokee Elementary School or Guntersville Elementary School will be held at Guntersville Elementary School on Wednesday, March 18th (8-10 a.m.)    

Lincoln County Schools

Lincoln County Schools said it will issue free meals twice a week to students while school is out due to coronavirus.

The district will give out meals Mondays and Thursdays at all of its schools. Students will receive three days worth of breakfast and lunch meals on Mondays and two days worth on Thursdays.

Meals will be given out between 9-11 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Drive through locations are:

  • Blanche School – Cafeteria door in the car rider line behind school
  • Flintville School – Car rider line in front of the school
  • Highland Rim School – Car rider line on the east end of the building
  • South Lincoln School – Car rider line
  • Unity School – Car rider line
  • Lincoln County High – Bus pickup at the north end of the building

Students must be present to receive a meal and may not eat the meal on site. Any child 18 or younger can receive a free meal and does not have to attend school at the site where they receive the meal.

If transportation is an issue, students can contact the district at 931-438-1499.

More info is available on the Lincoln County Schools website.

Madison City Schools

UPDATE 3/29/20 – It has been a busy two weeks providing food assistance for families impacted by the COVID-19 Coronavirus threat. Thanks to our church partners and a network of volunteers, that assistance will continue through Spring Break with plans to continue beyond.

Below are the locations and times of food distributions resuming March 30.

Mondays: First Baptist Church 4257 Sullivan Street, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesdays: Asbury Church, 980 Hughes Road, Madison, 5-7 p.m. (Use Gillespie Road entrance).

Wednesdays: Trinity Baptist, 1088 Hughes Road, Madison, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Also, CrossPointe Church. Building Church and Daystar Church will be in Triana at the Triana Town Municipal Building, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursdays: Asbury Church, 980 Hughes Road, Madison, 5-7 p.m. (Use Gillespie Road.

Fridays
: Heritage Church, 29768 Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road, Madison, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If there are special circumstances preventing you from picking up at one of these locations, please email our MCS social worker, Briana Hawkins, at bbhawkins@madisoncity.k12.al.us

If you are interested in donating, email the MCS Development Office: lshaw@madisoncity.k12.al.us 

ORIGINAL – Beginning Tuesday, March 17, the following schools will offer free grab-n-go lunches daily, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., through the remainder of this week. Distribution will be through walk-up or drive-through service. This is for students only and they must be present to receive a meal.

Locations are Rainbow, Horizon, James Clemens, Mill Creek, and West Madison. Triana area students can pick up a grab-n-go lunch at the Town Municipal Building between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. throughout the remainder of the week.

Madison City Schools is also partnering with several churches and non-profit agencies to help provide food assistance. This outreach is to any family served by Madison City Schools.

Pickup locations have been identified for daily distribution of food by families served by Madison City Schools. The rotations start Tuesday, March 16 at Asbury Church at 980 Hughes Road, 5-7 p.m. and continue weekdays until April 6.

Locations and times are as follows:

Mondays: First Baptist Church 4257 Sullivan Street, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesdays: Asbury Church, 980 Hughes Road, Madison, 5-7 p.m. (Use Gillespie Road entrance).

Wednesdays: Trinity Baptist, 1088 Hughes Road, Madison, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Thursdays: Asbury Church, 980 Hughes Road, Madison, 5-7 p.m. (Use Gillespie Road entrance).

Fridays: Heritage Church, 29768 Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road, Madison,       
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Triana area families will be served by Inside-Out-Ministries and Crosspointe Church on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a location in Triana to be announced.

If there are special circumstances preventing you from picking up at one of these locations, please email our MCS social worker, Briana Hawkins, at bbhawkins@madisoncity.k12.al.us

If you are interested in volunteering in this effort or donating nonperishable food items, email the MCS Development Office: lshaw@madisoncity.k12.al.us

Madison County Schools

Plan to offer meals as ‘grab and go’ at six locations in the Madison County School System. Those locations are as follows:

  • New Hope Elementary
  • Madison Crossroads Elementary
  • Harvest Elementary
  • Hazel Green Elementary
  • Riverton Elementary
  • Madison County Elementary

Students may visit these schools from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, beginning Monday, March 16, 2020.

Marshall County Schools

Marshall County Schools posted a link to this food assistance resource document.

Morgan County Schools

Meal opportunities for students will be provided beginning Wednesday.  Further information with time and pickup sites will be provided later.

Russellville City Schools

Grab-N-Go meals will be served to any RCS student who needs one from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. daily at the RES cafeteria from Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 20 and Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27.

Please note: Meals will not be served March 30 through April 3 during the system’s regularly scheduled spring break.

WHNT News 19 will add to this list as we hear from more school districts.

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