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Curbside Meals Drive Nutritious Support for Students, Locations Added

Submission Date: March 20, 2020

Release Date:  For Immediate Release

Contact: J.D. Hardin, 770-957-6601 ext. 161, john.hardin@henry.k12.ga.us

(Release # 0037-3-2020)

Curbside Meals Drive Nutritious Support for Students, Locations Added  

Curbside Meals Drive Nutritious Support for Students, Locations Added

Families taking advantage of meal support for children during closure

HENRY COUNTY, GA – After a successful first week of serving students and children in Henry County with lunch and breakfast during the mandatory school closing, Henry County Schools has been approved to extend its services to two additional locations in the county.

Already serving the community at Locust Grove Elementary, Hampton Middle, McDonough Middle, and Stockbridge Middle, the district’s school nutrition department will be expanding operations to Oakland Elementary and Wesley Lakes Elementary starting Monday, March 23.

Families are able to bring their children to any of the six serving locations during the extended school closure between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to receive a lunch for that day and a prepared breakfast for the following day.  According to federal guidelines for distribution, children must be present in the vehicle to receive the meals.

In the first three days of meal distribution, district officials saw an average of close to 1,400 children receive the breakfast/lunch combo across the four school locations.  Now they are ready to reach even more families with the two additional sites.

“We have enjoyed being able to see our students during this alternate meal service plan, especially when we are used to seeing their smiling faces each day in our cafeterias,” said Kantrell Brown, Executive Director of School Nutrition.  “Knowing that they are getting a nutritious meal while away from our schools is encouraging and fulfilling for our employees and our daily mission.”

Thanks to the incredible community partnerships with non-profit, faith-based, and volunteer organizations, there are opportunities for students without transportation to still receive meals during this closure.  A list of these groups willing to help can be found on the district’s school and community resource page at www.bit.ly/HCSCommunityResources.

“This is a unique time for all of our district employees, and we are so grateful to have incredible staff members in our school nutrition department who care so deeply about our students and their health,” added Brown.  “Additionally, our community support groups are inspiring in their efforts to extend support in places where we are limited.”

In addition to community resources, Henry County Schools’ website is full of information regarding the mandatory closure, including Frequently Asked Questions and other resources for families.

For more information on Henry County Schools, visit www.henry.k12.ga.us.

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