FOOD: Area schools issue meal guidelines

FOOD: Area schools issue meal guidelines
Lunch from home. (Source: Gerville Hall)

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Several school systems are offering meals for students who depend on them, during the coronavirus situation.

Here are the schedules and guidelines we have so far:

Ben Hill County Schools:

Ben Hill County will provide meals starting Wednesday, March 18, through Friday, March 27, as follows:

  • Wednesday, March 18, through Friday, March 20: Breakfast sack and snack sack will be given at Ben Hill Pre-K and Fitzgerald High School from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily.
  • Monday, March 23, through Friday, March 27: Hot lunch will be served and a sack breakfast will be given at Ben Hill Pre-K and Fitzgerald High School from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The child must be present to receive the sacks.

Colquitt County Schools:

Colquitt County School Nutrition is implementing Phase 1 of its meal contingency plan due to school closings related to Coronavirus concerns. An inventory reduction process began on Friday as soon as the announcement was made that schools would be closed for an extended time. At present, we are in the process of gathering all perishable items such as milk, eggs, bread and fresh fruits/vegetables for distribution via the Colquitt County Food Bank to homes that are experiencing food insecurity at this time. We have collaborated with the food bank to establish a plan that will best meet the needs of school families. This will allow families the opportunity to not only obtain perishable items of need at one location versus travel throughout the county to school sites but other items that are also available at the food bank. Distribution dates and times are as follows:

Colquitt County Food Bank:

  • 309 3rd Street, SE
  • Moultrie, Ga. 31768
  • 229-985-7725

Days and times:

  • Thursday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Friday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Monday, March 23, 9 a.m. to noon
  • Tuesday, March 24, from 9:00 a.m. to noon

Colquitt County Schools Phase 2 Meal Contingency Plan

Colquitt County School Nutrition will implement Phase 2 of its Coronavirus Meal Contingency Plan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The USDA approved the Multiple Day Meal Plan for all children 18 years of age and younger. Phase 2 Meal Contingency Plan - Meal Distribution Schedule

  • Date: March 25, 2020
  • Location: Willie J. Williams Middle School – 950 4th Street SW, Moultrie, GA
  • Times: 1:00-2:00 pm and 5:00-6:00 pm - Drive thru pick-up only.
  • Campus Location: Back of school bus loop located near Mack Tharpe Football Stadium. Enter on West side of the stadium (Sixth Street) parking lot, loop through back bus lane, exit near Colquitt County Arts Center, watch for signs.
  • **Students are only allowed to pick up meals ONCE per day.
  • Students MUST BE PRESENT to receive meals.
  • Meals will not be made available to adults, only provided to children below the age of 18.
  • Each student will receive five breakfast meals and five lunch meals at a time of distribution. Each meal will include all USDA required components.

Colquitt County School Nutrition is not responsible nor held liable for the quality or safe handling practices of the meals once distributed to individuals. Safety guidelines will be included with each meal served.

“After much thought and detailed planning, it was decided that the USDA Multiple Day Meal Plan would work best for students and Colquitt County School Nutrition. By implementing this meal service, it allows students/parents the opportunity to obtain meals for an extended time versus traveling each day to obtain meals. This plan also allows for less social exposure for all, as recommended by government and health officials. Each student will receive five breakfast meals and five lunch meals. Wednesday was determined to be the best distribution day due to the fact that this will allow for meal provisions throughout the weekend, while other agencies are not serving. Late afternoon pick up also allows working parents the opportunity to pick up meals with their children. Future plans regarding meal availability will be determined based on participation and product availability. It is our desire to offer the Multiple Day Meal Plan for as long as product availability will allow. We will continue to update information for the public each week as plans are confirmed. Thank you for your patience and cooperation while organized planning took place. We look forward to seeing the students on Wednesday, March 25th. God bless,“ commented Monika W. Griner, School Nutrition Director.

Crisp County Schools:

Students can pick up a lunch and snack between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. from March 16 to March 20.

These are the locations:

  • Blackshear Place Center: 1001 Blackshear Rd.
  • C C Shearer (Drayton): 1101 McClendon Court
  • Clara Scott: 213 N. 13th St
  • Cordele Dispatch: 306 West 13th Ave
  • First Methodist Church: 302 E 12 Ave
  • Greater Morris Tabernacle Baptist Church: 705 N. Joe Wright Drive
  • J. W. Williams Funeral Home: 407 W. 17th Ave
  • Sunset Homes: 509 W 22nd Ave

There are also five bus routes the county will run to drop off lunches:

  • Bus route, then STOP in Arabi City area and at 12:30 p.m. the bus will park in the lot next to the Dollar General.
  • 1 MAIN STOP: Highway 280 East Crisp Homes area.
  • 3 STOPS: Highway 257 and Tremont Road. Then, 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Sharon Church; and finally, 12:35 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Church at Tremont Road and Twin Pines.
  • 2 STOPS: Omar Heights and Meadow Park from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and then it will go to Omar Heights Baptist Church.
  • 3 STOPS: Brown Chapel on 28th Avenue from 12 p.m. to 12:20 p.m., then to Rosewood from 12:20 p.m. - 12:40 p.m. and finally to Pateville Estates from 12:40 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Decatur County:

Beginning Monday, March 16, the Bainbridge Public Safety “Kids 'n Kops” program will partner with The Oak House Children’s Advocacy Center, Bainbridge Pepsi, Decatur County Fire & Rescue and Isaacs Bakery to provide FREE lunches for ALL Decatur County school-aged children and teens as part of the “Feed the Children” lunch program.

Drive, walk or bike to Public Safety Headquarters at 510 Louise Street every day (Monday through Friday) between noon and 1 p.m. to pick up a free lunch.

Dougherty Co. Schools:

Lee County:

Superintendent Dr. Jason Miller said a meal program is on the way for students. He said teachers and faculty are working now to understand students’ needs.

“We want to try and do all we can to help our parents and our students during this unexpected school closure. We are trying to reach out and contact every student and their family and we hope to be able to do that and then kind of make an assessment of where we are and what the needs are and then work to address those needs,” explained Miller.

Dr. Miller said they will update their website and social media platforms once they have more information.

He said they hope to kick off the program next week.

Lowndes County Schools:

Lowndes County Schools shared information from community members providing food to students during the school closure.

These are all drive-thru events.

  • Clyattville Elementary & Lowndes Middle areas:
    • Redland Baptist Church: Call (229) 244-5770 or (229) 244-1920 Monday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to register
  • 4880 Rocky Ford Road Valdosta
    • Tuesday, March 17, and Thursday, March 19, 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Dewar Elementary & Pine Grove areas:
    • Abundant Life Church of God: 3419 Knights Academy Road Valdosta
    • Tuesday, March 17, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Distributing Food bags
  • Hahira area:
    • Crossroads Baptist Church at Hahira Elementary: Serving in the parking lot 350 Claudia Drive Hahira
    • Wednesday, March 18, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. or until the food is gone; Distributing Food bags
  • Lake Park Elementary area:
    • First Baptist Lake Park: 601 W. Marion Ave Lake Park
    • Wednesday, March 18th & Friday, March 20th, 11-1:30 or until food is gone; Lunch bags
  • Moulton Branch Elementary area:
    • New Life Ministries: 5651 Inner Perimeter Rd Valdosta
    • Wednesday, March 18, and March 25, from noon to 1:30 p.m. or until food is gone; Lunch bags
  • Living Bridges Ministry: 111 E Adair St Valdosta
    • Starting Monday, March 16
    • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until we run out)
      • Pick up sack lunches for the entire family.
      • Friday, March 20th hosted by 38th Special Operations Rescue Silver Team MAFB

Second Harvest Food Bank: “Our Second Harvest team is coordinating with communities across our service area to determine where we can best complement relief efforts, if any, that may be planned.” Second Harvest stated it will make announcements starting Monday, March 16 on where/when South Georgia families can get help.

Mitchell County Schools

Mitchell County Schools will begin distributing meals to all students starting Tuesday, March 24.

Prepackaged meals will be delivered to students’ homes and at specific drop-off sites.

School staff and administrators will be contacting all students and school officials said if parents or guardians have not received a call, to call their school.

Click here for more on the bus delivery routes.

Pelham City Schools

On Thursday, March 19 Pelham City Schools will begin distributing meals to all those in the community under the age of 18 or those over the age of 18 who meet the state's definition of mentally or physically disabled. Students must pick up their own meal; meals cannot be picked up by someone else for the student. Locations and serving times are:

From 11:30-12:30: Pelham City Middle School Bell Tower (Drive-Thru Only)Pelham City Middle School Bus Loop (Walk-Up Only)

Hill Street Recreation Center

From 11:30 to 12:00: Union Grove Baptist Church Parking LotBaggs Avenue Park

From 12:15 to 12:45Ike Godwin's StoreHillcrest Apartments

The meals will be passed out from a bus. Students will be expected to line up to receive meals and practice social distancing as meals are passed out.

Information on online resources for each school will be distributed at each location. Books for at-home reading will also be available for pick-up.

Please remain patient with those distributing meals as we seek to maintain health, safety, and calm during this time.

Sumter County Schools:

The Sumter County Schools Nutrition Program will be distributing sack meals for children ages 2 to 18 starting Wednesday, March 18 and ending Friday, March 27.

Sumter County will be distributing meals and snacks as follows:

  • 2 meals and 2 snacks from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.:
    • Wednesday, March 18
    • Monday, March 23
    • Wednesday, March 25
  • 1 meal and 1 snack from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m.:
    • Friday, March 20th
    • Friday, March 27th

These are the sites:

  • Americus Sumter Ninth Grade Academy
  • Bell Street Park (809 Oak Ave)
  • Union Tabernacle Baptist Church
  • Sumter County Head Start (Old Cherokee Elementary)
  • Plains Park & Pool (Across from Plains Boys and Girls Club)
  • Leslie Police Department
  • Rockhill Park
  • Easter Morning Community (Old Boys and Girls Club)
  • Boone Park (Sumter County Recreation Department on Rucker Street)
  • Andersonville United Methodist Church

Terrell County Schools

Bag lunches will be served daily beginning Wednesday, March 18, at the following locations at the times listed with 15-minute durations. This program will continue until March 27. Lunch will only be served to students enrolled in school.

  • Old Carver Gym — 9:30 a.m.
  • The Park on 14th Ave. (Sardis) — 9:30 a.m.
  • Old Lillie Cooper Gym — 9:30 a.m.
  • Pool Road (Projects) — 9:30 a.m.
  • NAACP on 7th Avenue — 9:50 a.m.
  • Raines Baptist Church — 10 a.m.
  • Positive Youth Direction Center — 10 a.m.
  • Dawson Public Safety Department — 10 a.m.
  • Shiloh Baptist Church (Bronwood) — 10 a.m.
  • Albritten Neighborhood Center — 10:25 a.m.
  • China Berry Lane (Sasser) — 10:25 a.m.
  • Community Center (Parrott) — 10:30 a.m.

Thomasville City Schools:

Thomasville City Schools will have hot lunches and grab & go breakfast.

These are the locations:

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (on-site): Harper Elementary and Scott Elementary Schools.

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (delivery-arrive no later than 11 a.m.):

  • Douglas School
  • Faircloth Home
  • Flipper Homes
  • Hunters Chase
  • St. Luke Church
  • Wood Valley Apartments
  • Villa North Apartments
  • Cherokee Homes
  • Eastside Church
  • Lotto Corner Store
  • Normal Park
  • Old Public shopping center
  • National Guard armory
  • Greentree Apartments
  • Abbeylake Apartments

Thomas Co. Schools

We are continuing to provide weekly meals for our students; however, we are no longer keeping the Monday-Friday schedule. Check the system’s Facebook or website for information and the schedule.

Tift County Schools:

The Tift County School Nutrition Program will be providing meals for students each weekday during the school closure. Students will receive a lunch as well as items that will keep for breakfast the following morning.

Beginning, Monday, March 16, lunches will be available at no cost to children under the age of 18. No adults can be served.

These are the locations and times along with the Tift County Schools Bus # that will provide the meals:

  • Charles Spencer Bus #098
    • 10 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Puckett Park
    • 10:20 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. Brookfield Mews
    • 10:45 a.m. - 11 a.m. Pine Hill Trailer Park
  • G O Bailey Bus #099
    • 10 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Belmont and 6th Street
    • 10:25 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. New River Flea Market
    • 10:50 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. Cotton Point Trailer Park
  • Matt Wilson Bus #151
    • 10 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Bowling Alley
    • 10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Good Neighbor Grocery
    • 11 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Post Office in Chula
  • Omega Bus #181
    • 10 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Ponder Park Omega
    • 10:25 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Whispering Pines Trailer Park
    • 10:55 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. Park in TyTy

Walk-Up Sites: (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.)

**Parents can also drive their students to any location that is near their residence

  • Charles SpencerElementary
  • G O Bailey Elementary
  • Matt Wilson Elementary
  • J T Reddick Elementary
  • Omega Elementary
  • Dixie Housing Project

Turner County Schools:

Turner County Schools will operate a program similar to its summer feeding program.

Meals will be served from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday from March 16 to March 27.

A lunch meal and breakfast for the following day will be provided.

Per regulations, meals are for people 18 and under. One meal per person. The child must pick up the meal.

These are the locations:

  • Ashburn Youth Center (Tom Whitsett Park)
  • Clark's FoodMart
  • Eureka Heights
  • Rebecca Park
  • Sycamore Park
  • Village Green Apartments
  • Wesleyan Methodist Tabernacle
  • Turner Lane Apartments

Valdosta City Schools:

Second Harvest of South Georgia and VCS have teamed up to offer free meals to students during the school closure. Currently, there are five stationary meal distribution sites operating Mondays through Fridays.

  • On Friday, March 20, the school system will offer a trial run of its meal delivery program utilizing the Valdosta City Schools’ buses. The stops and delivery times are as follows:
  • The Gables (former Commons Apartments) — 1415 St. Augustine Road at 10 a.m.
  • Prosper Apartments — 1503 East Park Avenue at 9:45 a.m.
  • Ashton Park Apartments — 1315 River Street at 10 a.m.
  • Heron Lakes Apartments — 1800 Eastwind Road at 9:45 a.m.

The Valdosta City Schools bus will stay on-site for 30 minutes and hand out free meals to any child, 18 years old and under. Meals are provided on a first come first served basis, while supplies last. Beginning Monday, March 23, 14 buses will be running throughout the Valdosta City School district. A detailed map of stops will be released on our website soon.

The stationary locations will remain open Mondays through Fridays until further notice and are listed below:

  • S.L. Mason Elementary School — 821 West Gordon at 11:30 a.m.
  • Ora Lee West Community Center — 611 East Ann Street at 11:30 a.m.
  • Woodlawn Forrest Church of Christ — 1515 North Forrest Street at 12 p.m.
  • Robert Jenkins Community Center at Hudson Dockett — 807 South Fry Street at 11:30 a.m.
  • Scott Park — 900 Old Statenville Road at 12 p.m.

Worth County Schools:

Worth County Schools will begin providing students with breakfast and lunch on March 23. In collaboration with local churches and organizations, the school system has established “Pickup Hubs” for students to receive the meals Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Students must be present to receive a meal.

Below are the pickup sites:

  • Poulan at City Hall
  • Bridgeboro at Bridgeboro Baptist Church
  • Sumner at City Hall
  • Warwick at Warwick Park
  • Sylvester at Unity Baptist Church and Pope Park

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