Atlanta Public Schools (APS) announced Monday that it is increasing the number of food distribution sites and will be busing food to children 18 years old or younger while the District is closed for teleschooling and teleworking to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

APS officials will continue to assess its food distribution strategy over the coming days, including participation and capacity to determine the most effective strategy moving forward.

Meals are only available to children 18 years old or younger, and children must be present to receive the meal and be counted for required state and federal recordkeeping. Families are encouraged to pull up with their children in a drive-thru style for service and should remain in their vehicle while receiving their food. Walk-ups are welcome.

The District began providing emergency student meals Monday at five APS anchor sites where it is offering three foodservice supports breakfast and lunch grab-and-go bags; fresh produce provided by local nonprofit Goodr; and, shelf-stable foods provided by the Atlanta Community Food Bank (i.e. nonperishables)

Food distribution is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday at these five anchor sites:

  • 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

APS has received approval to open more sites for the distribution of emergency student meals and to run some food routes using the District’s buses. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, APS will open the following five additional anchor sites that will provide service from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday:

  • 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 more sites, APS will begin food distribution on all middle school bus routes in the following clusters on Wednesday, March 18: Therrell, South Atlanta, Washington, Jackson, Mays, Douglass and Carver Cluster. The bus schedule will be posted on the District website on Tuesday, March 16 at www.atlantapublicschools.us/coronavirus.

At the end of each bus route and site distribution, the District’s non-profit partners will take any extra food and deliver it to APS communities.  The District can serve tens of thousands of meals each day and encourages families to come and pick up the meals at a school site or a bus stop.

Thanks to the District’s partner, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, beginning March 23, all children and their families throughout the community can also receive shelf-stable groceries at the five APS anchor sites: Bunche Middle School, Cleveland Avenue Elementary School, Douglass High School, Phoenix Academy (formerly Alonzo Crim High School) and Sylvan Hills Middle School.

In addition, the Atlanta Community Food Bank has more than 50 sites for food distribution. (As a reminder, APS does not manage the hours or service at these food distribution sites. Families should contact the food distribution sites directly for information about their hours, service, and any other requirements for food).

Click here to see the full list of food distribution sites through the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Fulton County Schools

Effective Monday, March 16: This program and these meals are for students only. Families can pick up meals for all children under the age of 18, or under the age of 21 for youth with special needs. Children must be present in order for meals to be provided.

This program will be solely for the pick-up of meals, as meals will not be consumed on-site. FCS will partner with the Atlanta Food Bank and other non-profit partners to supplement meals for additional family members. The six pick-up sites were selected because they are centrally located and easily reachable for many of our families.

Emily Grody will coordinate the implementation of the meal accommodation and can be reached at grody@fultonschools.org with any questions regarding Special Diets.

If FCS remains closed beyond these dates, an update will be provided by 5 p.m. each Friday. Additional information about meal services will be provided at that time.

FCS Meal Locations include:

  • Lake Forest Elementary School 5920 Sandy Springs Circle Sandy Springs, GA 30328
  • Tri-Cities High School 2575 Harris Street East Point, GA 30344
  • Mimosa Elementary School 1550 Warsaw Road Roswell, GA 30076
  • Banneker High School 6015 Feldwood Road College Park, GA 30349
  • Haynes Bridge Middle School 10665 Haynes Bridge Road Alpharetta, GA 30022
  • Langston Hughes High School 7510 Hall Road Fairburn, GA 30213

DeKalb Co. School District

DeKalb County School District has increased its feeding sites to a total of 23 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:

  • 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
  • Canby Lane Elementary School
  • McNair Middle School

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.

  • Early Learning Center
  • Gresham Recreation
  • Exchange Intergenerational
  • Redan Recreation
  • Tobie Grant RC
  • N.H. Scott RC
  • Lucious Sanders RC
  • Mason Mill RC
  • Hamilton RC
  • Midway RC

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.

Cobb County Schools

The district is partnering with MUST Ministries to provide food for students. Family food boxes will be distributed soon. Learn morehttps://www.mustministries.org/

Forsyth County Schools

From Monday through Friday, families can pick up free meals on the campuses of Sawnee Elementary School and Whitlow Elementary School from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Students must be present. The district will provide lunch and breakfast for the following day.

Gwinnett County Schools

68 schools will provide lunch for pick-up for kids 18 and under from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through March 20.

In addition, school buses will deliver meals at bus stops between 11 a.m. and noon in the following clusters: Berkmar, Central Gwinnett, Discovery, Meadowcreek, Norcross, Shiloh, and South Gwinnett — and for the following schools — Alcova ES, Arcado ES, Berkeley Lake ES, Chesney ES, Duluth MS, Harris ES, Jackson ES, Knight ES, Lovin ES, McKendree ES, Northbrook MS, and Sycamore ES. The buses will be making stops at their regular bus stops between 11 a.m. and noon.

Pick up-locations include:

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.

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