BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – The threat and spread of COVID-19 across the state has led to the closure of schools until at least April 6. Days after the closures were announced, the United States Department of Agriculture approved a waiver to the National School Lunch Act, providing districts the ability to serve meals while school is out, and more flexibility in how those meals are provided.
“We have about 6 sites and we will post that on our website, that we are preparing food. They are prep stations, bag lunches and people will be able to drive up, and bag lunches will be handed to people as they come through the car line,” said Dr. Walter Gonsulin, Superintendent, Jefferson County Schools. “In addition to that, we are partnering with churches and other organizations all across Jefferson County Schools’ district so they can take those things and bring them back to particular communities.”
Dr. Gonsulin said lunches will be available for every student in the district, should they want one.
“The scope of this is huge,” said Dr. Gonsulin. “There is that unknown out there with how many lunches will we have to prepare each day?”
On March 24, Jefferson County added 30 more locations, which can be viewed below.
“When you talk about social distance, and everything else, the most feasible thing to do, would be to prepare bag lunches. And so what we are going to do is have two meals in one bag, so for example, when they come to pick up the lunch, they will also have something for breakfast for the next day.”
Other districts, including Vestavia Hills City Schools, Homewood Schools, Birmingham City Schools and Shelby County Schools began offering lunches on Monday.
Meals will be offered Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and noon. Bag lunches or frozen meals that can be reheated at home will be offered, plus breakfast for the next day. The pickup location for students who live along the Highway 31 corridor is Vestavia Hills Elementary West. Students who live in the Cahaba Heights, Dolly Ridge and Liberty Park area can pick up meals at Vestavia Hills Elementary Cahaba Heights.
Parents can pick up meals at Homewood Middle School daily between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Children must be present at time of pickup.
Starting Thursday, March 19, Students can to pick up lunches from rec centers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students are not to eat the lunches at the rec centers.
Lunches, which are prepared by the Birmingham City Schools Child Nutrition Program, will be distributed at the following Birmingham rec centers:
- East Pinson Valley
- Fountain Heights
- North Birmingham
- Willow Wood
- Central Park
- Henry Crumpton
- Hooper City
**Please note that even though Birmingham rec centers will distribute lunches, Birmingham school locations will continue to provide lunches to students. The pick-up time for Birmingham school locations is 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Distribution is for students 18 years old and younger.
Grab and go meals will be provided each week starting April 6, on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00-noon. Tuesday and Thursday meal pickup will include meals for Wednesday and Friday. Pickup is at area high schools including Helena High School.
Bessemer City School System will provide free breakfast and lunch beginning Monday, March 16th. The grab-and-go meals will be distributed via “drive-through” service for the following dates, times, and locations.
Please, see the schedule below:
March 16, 17, 18, 30, 31
April 1, 2, & 3
Breakfast 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Lunch 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
C.F. Hard Elementary
New Horizons Alternative School
**Additional locations to be announced.
Jefferson County Schools
“We have prepared some resources for our students and parents. We will communicate this information on Monday, March,16. These resources include academic engagement information, child nutrition information for student meals while we are closed, and the preparation of our facilities for students and staff to return to campus.”
Walk or Drive-Thru
Midfield Elementary School - 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Rutledge Middle School - 10:30-11:30 a.m.
United Fellowship Community Baptist Church - 12-1:00 p.m.
Option B: Bus Stop pick-up at bus locations
Meals offered 10:00-noon March 17-20
C.J. Donald Elementary
Glen Oaks Elementary
Anniston City Schools will be providing meals from March 18-20 and then March 30 through April 3. There are designated pick up sites at different Boys and Girls clubs as well as Community Centers.
Breakfast and lunch meals will be provided and you do not have to be a resident of Anniston to get the meal. A child must be present in order to pick up the meals.
Our Curbside Grab & Go meal service that will begin Wednesday, March 18, and go as long as schools are closed. We will have drive thru service from 11 - noon at Nichols-Lawson, Pinecrest, and Verlie Collins Center. Breakfast and lunch will be provided (both meals will be given to the children at the same time and they save the breakfast bag for the next morning.) No one will get out of their car, strictly drive thru.
TCSS is glad to partner with Tuscaloosa City Schools and the City of Tuscaloosa to provide Grab & Go breakfast and lunch service during the school closure. Beginning Monday, March 23, Curb Side Grab & Go Breakfast and Lunch will be offered at 26 locations across our community. Families will be able to drive up and receive a free Grab & Go meal for every child in the car, without leaving your vehicle. Each Grab & Go bag will include a breakfast and lunch. If you're not in a vehicle, you will be able to walk up and take your Grab & Go meal. These meals are free to anyone age 18 and under. You may go to any of these locations to pick up your meals.
Tuscaloosa County School System Locations
Service Times: 11 am to 1 pm, Monday - Friday
Sipsey Valley Middle
Nutrition Ignition Mobile Sites
9:45 to 10:10 am - Green Village Community
10:40 to 11 am - Valley Hill
11:20 to 11:50 am - Crescent East
12:35 to 12:55 pm - Brown House
1:05 to 1:25 pm - Knoll Circle
2 to 2:20 pm - Chestnut Trace
Tuscaloosa City Schools Locations
Service Times: 11 am to 1 pm
The Alberta School of Performing Arts
Woodland Forrest Elementary
Service Times: 11 am to 1 pm
Buddy's Food Mart - Rice Mine Road
Hay Court Apartments
Four days of free meals will be available for pickup for all Etowah County Students from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at the following eleven locations: Carlisle Elementary Duck Springs Gaston High Glencoe Middle Highland Elementary Hokes Bluff Elementary Ivalee Elementary Rainbow Middle Sardis High Southside High West End High
Meal kits will be distributed Monday, March 30, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Kits contain 5 breakfast and 5 lunch meals. Students age 18 and under are welcome and must be present to receive a FREE kit at one of the following eleven locations:
Hokes Bluff Elementary
West End High