By Jacob Gallant| March 17, 2020 at 10:49 AM CDT – Updated March 19 at 9:43 PM
JACKSON, Miss. (WDBD) – Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, schools are shut down to mitigate the spread of the illness.
Many schools across the area are still providing lunch for children while schools are closed, for those who may need the food they get from schools to live off of.
Governor Tate Reeves signed an executive order asking schools to continue providing free and reduced lunches to students.
Here’s where your children can get a meal during the break:
- Madison County Schools are offering meals via curbside and walk-up service at East Flora Elementary, Camden Elementary, Madison Crossing Elementary and Ann Smith Elementary schools on weekdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meals for children are free regardless of where they go to school. The meals include lunch and a breakfast designed to be saved for the following morning. Adults may purchase a bag with both meals for $6.
- Holmes County School District is delivering breakfast and lunch to all school bus stops in the area. Students are asked to be at bus stops between 7:30 and 9 a.m. for breakfast, and between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. for lunch.
- Rankin County School District is serving grab and go meals at McLaurin Elementary, Richland Upper Elementary and Pelahatchie Elementary. All children 18 and under will receive a free meal, even if they are not a student in Rankin County. Adults may purchase a meal for $3.50. Meals will be served between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
- Pearl Public School District is serving gran and go meals at Pearl Lower Elementary from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All children under 18 eat free, even if they were not a PPSD student. Adults can buy meals for $3.50 (cash only). First responders in uniform can also eat free. Meals will be brought to cars in the parking lot.
- Vicksburg Warren School District will deliver free meals to children 18 and under (begins March 18). Meals can be picked up at bus stops between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Click here to see the list of bus stops. Parents of children who do not normally ride a bus can sign up here.
- Natchez-Adams School District is providing meals for all children up to 18 (begins March 18). Meals can be picked up at Frazier Elementary, West Elementary, Morgantown Middle, Natchez High School, Broadmoor Community Center parking lot, Lagrange Community Center parking lot, New Hope Baptist Church parking lot, or Daughter of Zion Church parking lot.
- Jackson Public Schools will serve grab and go breakfast and lunch during school closures. Any child under 18 can pick up a meal at no cost, even if they aren’t a JPS student. Adult meals are $2.50 for breakfast and $3.75 for lunch. Meals are serbve from 9 to 11 a.m. on March 18-20 and March 23-27 at: Boyd Elementary, North Jackson Elementary, Spann Elementary, Blackburn Middle, Gallowway Elementary, Lake Elementary, Raines Elementary, Smith Elementary, Marshall Elementary, Peeples Middle, Whitten Middle, and Wilkins Elementary
- Canton Public School District is serving to go meals (beginning March 23). All school-aged children will ear free. Meals will be served between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at McNeal and Canton Elementary Schools.
- Hinds County School District is offering to-go breakfast and lunch (starting March 23). The meals are for any children 18 or younger. They can be picked up from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at: Bolton-Edwards Elementary Middle School, Gary Road Intermediate School, Raymond Elementary School, Terry High School, or Utica Elementary School.
- Simpson County School District will be serving free Grab-and-Go breakfasts and lunches daily (starting March 23) to all children in the county 18 years of age and younger. They will be served from 9:30 – 11:30 am via drive-thru service at Magee Elementary, Mendenhall Elementary and Simpson Central. Each child must be present to receive the meals.
Keep in mind most of these schools require a child to be present for a free meal to be handed out.
There’s also a mobile meal drop-off available for families in Jackson that will cover breakfast and dinner for families throughout the extended break. Call or text 615-946-4197 to set up a time and location for a meal drop-off.
JPS and Mississippi Food Network will distribute food boxes to families in need, with enough food to feed a family of 4-5 for several days. These can be picked up on March 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Peeples Middle.
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