Communities providing free meals for students during closure

Published: Mar. 13, 2020 at 2:46 PM EDT
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Many school districts are making arrangements to ensure no student goes hungry as doors close all across the region due to COVID-19.

Some districts are even setting up drive through type systems for breakfast and lunch.

  • Gallia County Local Schools will be providing take-home lunches to students 18 years old and younger on Fridays until school resumes. Parents and students can pick up five shelf staple lunches per student at River Valley High School and South Gallia High School from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, you may call Lora at 740-379-9085, ext.10029.
  • Gallipolis City Schools will be providing breakfast and lunch take home meals for community members under the age of 18 at the 4th Avenue entrance of Gallia Academy Middle School. Pick up will be on weekdays from March 17 until April 3 between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • The Southern Local School District is planning on feeding its kids through busing a breakfast and lunch to drop-off points daily. Tentatively, this will start Monday, March 23 and run to the end of school closure on April 3 or beyond. Right now plans are to deliver to Portland Elementary (Community Center) , across from the former Letart Falls Elementary, Syracuse, Kerrs Run bus drop ( old water works) , and the back of the Southern School at the kitchen. Times tentatively set for 10-12 but this could change pending guidelines in our application. Stay tuned for further details once things are finalized. Through various church groups and civic organizations, donations, school personnel, and volunteers along with Mrs. McNickle we were able to feed over a 100 kids this weekend. Plans for feeding kids next week through this group are being finalized (March 16-March 20)
  • A plan for Food Service is in place starting Monday, March 16th. Hot student lunches and snack bags will be available for pick up between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. daily at Vinton County Middle School in McArthur, South Elementary School in Hamden, West Elementary in Allensville, the Wilkesville Community Building and the Zaleski Fire Department.
  • Fairland Local Schools will be offering bagged meals to the children in the district Monday - Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Fairland West during the break. There will be no need to get out of your car. Volunteers will be set up for drive through pick up. If your family has transportation issues call Roni Hayes' office @ 740-886-3100.
  • Wellston City Schools, in partnership with TLC ministry, will deliver two meals every day at students' bus stop. Bus drivers will deliver lunch and breakfast for the following day. Delivery will be at each regular bus stop between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Wellston City School leaders ask students and/or parents are present at each bus stop to pick up their meal. The bus will honk their horn three times before moving on to the next stop. Kentucky
  • Ashland Independent School District's food service department will be providing meals during nontraditional instruction days. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no cost to children and teens 18-years-old and under. Meals breakfast lunch will be provided at no cost to children and teens 18 years and under. Meals will be available at the Ashland Exceptional Early Childhood Center, each elementary school, Ashland Middle School and Ashland Blazer High SChool. Meals will be available weekdays beginning March 16 through March 27. Staff will utilize a drive through system where parents can drive up and receive one meal per child. The child must be present in the car in order to receive a meal. Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Boyd County Schools will be serving breakfast and lunch at the high school, the middle school. They will also be using a drive-through system where parents can drive up and pick up one meal per child in the household. The child must be present and the school district says it will feed anyone 18 or under regardless of where they attend school. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. At Catlettsburg Elementary, a front drop-off area for parents is set up from 10 to 11:30 a.m. At Boyd County High School, a front drop off "U" area will be set up for breakfast and lunch from 10 to 11:30 a.m. At Boyd County Middle School, a back of school student drop-off area is set up for breakfast and lunch from 10 to 11:30 a.m. These additional sites will be used during the program: Forest Heights, 355 12th St., Catlettsburg; Twin Fork Nazarene Church, 7542 State Route 168, Catlettsburg; Burnaugh Baptist Church, 29675 Mayor Trail, Catlettsburg; Lakewood Village & Callihan Ridge, gravel area at the intersection of the roads; Rush Baptist Chapel, 15628 State Route 854, Rush; Mount Olive Freewill Baptist Church, 21610 State Route 3, Rush; Greentree Mobile Home Park, 1600 Wolohan Drive, Ashland; CenterPointe Church, 1524 Shopes Creek, Ashland; Hoods Creek Freewill Baptist Church, 4018 State Route 5, Ashland; Hall Ridge/Ponderosa Ridge Area, trailer park area.
  • Fairview Independent Schools will be providing breakfast and lunch starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The plan will include lunch delivery to several locations within Westwood on a set schedule. Details of the plan are still under development and will be provided to stakeholders soon.
  • The Elliott County Board of Education says lunch will be available for students on a drive-through basis at the back/kitchen door at Sandy Hook Elementary between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Delivery will also be available. Board members are advising parents to call 738-8002 with names of students so that we will know how many meals to prepare on Monday.
  • Lawrence County Schools are offering breakfast and lunch for all kids 18 and under March 16-April 3 at different locations in the county. You can get breakfast from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and lunch from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Blaine Elementary, Fallsburg Elementary, Louisa East Elementary, and Louisa Middle School. There will be at drive-thru at each school to allow parents easy pickup of meals. Food will be delivered to your cars, you will not be entering buildings.
  • Raceland Worthington Independent Schools will be offering lunches each weekday starting March 16 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This drive -thru format will be available at Campbell Elementary at the main entrance to the cafeteria. Any questions can be directed to the Food Service Director, Michael Salmons, at 606-923-0150.
  • Greenup County schools will be serving breakfast and lunch the weeks of March 16 and march 23. They will utilize a drive-thru system at the main entrance of each location. Children 18 and under that are present will receive a free meal. Breakfast is served from 8-9 a.m. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call ahead orders for lunch start at 10 a.m. Locations and call ahead orders numbers are: Greenup County High School: 606-473-9812 ext. 2180, McKell Middle School: 606-932-9550, Wurtland Middle School: 606-836-1023 ext. 2327, Argillite Elementary School: 606-473-7213 ext. 2705 or call 606-473-9810. West Virginia
  • Wayne County -- Ceredo-Kenova Elementary School will be delivering meals Monday and Wednesday of each week during the time off, except for the week of Spring Break. Weekend backpack snacks can be picked up on Mondays between 11-1 except the week of Spring Break. Pick up meals at your regular bus stop from 10:30 - 12. Please call the office if you have any questions on Mondays or Wednesdays.
  • Boone County- Starting Monday, meal pickups will be available only at Madison Elementary and Van Elementary. Starting Wednesday, pickup is available at Scott High, Brookview Elementary, Ashford Elementary, and others from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Cabell County- A.D. Lewis Community Center; Monday – Friday, 11:30 – 11:45 Altizer Elementary School Monday – Friday, 11:45 – 12:15 Marcum Terrace Monday – Friday, 11:30 – 11:45 Village of Barboursville Elementary Monday – Friday, 11:45 – 12:15
  • Kanawha County--Each of the eight high schools will serve as food prep sites for bagged lunches. Bagged lunches will be available at the high schools beginning at 10:30 a.m. each day and going until noon or 12:30. Buses will also transport bagged meals to each of the feeder elementary and middle schools. Bagged meals will be available at all feeder schools between 11 a.m. – noon. After Monday, we will be able to distribute a more precise schedule for elementary and middle schools. This program will begin on Monday, March 16.
  • Logan County -- Bus routes start leaving the schools at 10:00 a.m. Food available to students on all their regular pick up points.
  • Mingo County -- Pick up available at all school locations. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For a full list of West Virginia locations, click here. Restaurants/Churches
  • Mountain Pie Company on the River will be feeding children 12 and under for free off the kids menu while school is suspended. Dine in only.
  • Fountain of Life Worship Center is a place where any child needing food food can visit. Meals will be served as long as schools are closed. We will have a meal prepared Monday- Friday, Noon-2 pm. Anyone that wants to help volunteer can. 301 Daniel Boone Parkway Foster, WV 25081
  • Happy Days Café in South Charleston will offer free pb&j and chips for school aged children Monday-Friday from 11-1, according to a Facebook post.
  • Giovanni’s of Westmoreland is offering a lunch buffet to children, free of charge until they can return to school. According to a post on the eateries Facebook Page it will run Monday-Friday 11-1.
  • Austin's at The Market announced on its Facebook page it plans to give out free bagged lunches for kids at The Market next week. Austin's staff say they are working on the logistics of how the lunch pick-up will work.
  • The Coal Grove Freezette announced on its Facebook page that on Monday, March 16 free brown bagged lunches will be available for all kids 5 to 18-years-old. One free meal will be given to each child present. The offer will be available all day. There will be a choice of a hot dog, hamburger or corn dog. There will also be a bag of chips, candy bar and a can of pop inside all brown bag lunches.