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Feeding local students as schools shut down to slow spread of COVID-19

Many local school districts, along with nonprofit groups, are working to make sure no child goes without a lunch while schools are closed.

Local public school leaders, along with restaurants and nonprofit organizations are working to make sure no child goes without a lunch while schools are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Here is a list of locations where meals can be picked up.

DUVAL COUNTY:

Beginning Tuesday, Duval County Public Schools will offer grab-and-go school lunch and snacks curbside at all district-managed schools between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Students do not have to go to the school they attend to receive a meal; they can go to their nearest school location. But, the student must be present in order to receive a meal, according to DCPS.

CLAY COUNTY:

The Clay County School District is serving breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch from noon to 1 p.m. to anyone under age 18 at some schools throughout the district.

  • Keystone Heights Jr./Sr. High
  • Charles E. Bennett Elementary
  • W.E. Cherry Elementary
  • Ridgeview Elementary
  • Wilkinson Elementary

Children must be present to receive their meal. For menus, click here.

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Coronavirus Update at 3/13/20 at 12:00 p.m. from Superintendent Bros... kie: Thank you for your continued patience during this process as I work to communicate the latest information on COVID-19 and our efforts to decrease the spread of this virus. Currently, there is one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Clay County.

NASSAU COUNTY:

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for any child 18 and under during the week of March 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meals will be prepackaged and handed out at the parent pickup or bus loop of the following schools:

  • Southside Elementary
  • Yulee Middle
  • Callahan Elementary
  • Hilliard Middle-Senior High

Children must be present to receive their meal.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY:

Meals will be available in areas of eligibility based on economic need. Walk-up and drive-thru service will be available in the parent drop-off loop at the participating locations for children 18 and under. Children must be present to receive meals. School sites will operate from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 23 through 27. Community sites will operate from 11 a.m. to noon of the same week.

  • John A. Crookshank Elementary
  • Gamble Rogers Middle
  • The Evelyn Hamblen Center
  • Sebastian Middle
  • Otis A. Mason Elementary
  • South Woods Elementary
  • R.J. Murray Middle
  • The Webster School
  • Osceola Elementary
  • W.E Harris Community Center in Hastings
  • Woodlawn Apartments

Meal services will also be provided at school that are not included in the need-based program for children in need of meals during the unanticipated school closings. All sites will operate from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m, March 23 through 27.

  • Bartram Trail High
  • Fruit Cove Middle
  • W.D. Hartley Elementary
  • R.B. Hunt Elementary
  • Ketterlinus Elementary
  • Alice B. Landrum Middle
  • Pedro Menendez High
  • Allen D. Nease High
  • Pacetti Bay Middle
  • Palencia Elementary
  • Palm Valley Academy
  • Patriot Oaks Academy
  • PVPV-Rawlings Elementary
  • St. Augustine High
  • Switzerland Point Middle
  • Timberlin Creek Elementary
  • Valley Ridge Academy

BRADFORD COUNTY:

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for any child age 18 or younger Wednesday through Friday. Meals will be offered for curbside pickup in the bus loop each day from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Bradford High School. Children must be present to receive their meal. 

UNION COUNTY:

Any student regardless of grade level can pick up breakfast and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17 through 19 at the following locations:

  • Lake Butler Elementary School Cafeteria
  • Providence Village Baptist Church
  • First Baptist of Raiford
  • Sardis Baptist Church

Each student must be present to receive his or her own meal.

COLUMBIA COUNTY:

Meals are available starting Monday, March 23, until school closures end. Breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday, and lunch and breakfast for the following day will be served starting Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meals will be prepackaged and handed out at parent pickup or bus loop sites. Children must be present to receive meals.

  • Five Points Elementary
  • Fort White Elementary
  • Niblack Elementary
  • Summers Elementary
  • Westside Elementary

GLYNN COUNTY:

Beginning Wednesday, Glynn County Schools will offer drive-thru meals for children at four school sites throughout the district: 

  • Atlama Elementary
  • Brunswick High
  • Burroughs-Molette Elementary
  • Sterling Elementary

Children must be present in order for meals to be provided. The meals can be picked up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the beginning of spring break. On Mondays (March 23 and 30), students will receive a lunch for that day, breakfast and lunch for Tuesday, and breakfast for Wednesday. On Wednesdays (March 18 and 25, and April 1), students can expect a lunch for that day, breakfast and lunch for Thursday, and breakfast for Friday. On Fridays (March 20 and 27, and April 3), they will collect a lunch for that day and breakfast for the following Monday.

CAMDEN COUNTY:

Lunch and breakfast will be available for drive-thru or walk-up pickup beginning March 18, Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. All children are eligible to receive meals, and must be present with the adult picking them up. 

  • Camden Middle School
  • St. Marys Middle School
  • Woodbine Elementary

CHARLTON COUNTY:

Grab-and-go peanut butter and jelly lunch and snacks will be available via curbside pickup Monday through Friday from 11 to 11:30 a.m. beginning March 23. Children age 18 and younger must be present to receive meal. If you have a peanut allergy, you are asked to email ddean@charlton.k12.ga.us in advance to make other arrangements.

  • Charlton County High School
  • St. George Elementary School

STATE SITES:

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Friend activated the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Summer BreakSpot website, where families can find free meals for children under 18 during coronavirus-related school closures. Many of the sites include schools, apartment complexes, parks and churches.

NONPROFITS:

Elevate Life Church is gathering food items for students in Duval and Clay counties.

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Nonprofit organization Hunger Fight will be distributing meals to more than 25,000 students across Duval, Clay and St. Johns counties. Students who usually get free and reduced lunches at school will get the meals. If you can donate or help pack the meals, go to Hungerfight.org, or call 904-374-5623. 

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Prepackaged meals are available to pick up at Callahan First Baptist Church on Greene Avenue in Callahan Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The meals are primarily for school-age children; however, they are available to anyone. If you are unable to come to the church, you can call 904-879-2172 to arrange to have a meal delivered. The service may extend into next week depending on need and availability.

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