Feeding the children: As schools close to slow coronavirus spread, concern grows for students who rely on school meals

Staff photo by Troy Stolt / Lee Elder pours ketchup onto Pre K student Nivayeh O'neal's plate at Rivermont elementary school on Friday, March 13, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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UPDATE: Starting March 19, the dozens of Hamilton County school sites offering meal pick-up for students while schools are closed will only be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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ORIGINAL STORY: When Hamilton County Schools announced that all its facilities would be closed for at least two weeks to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the first worry for many was what would happen to nearly 45,000 children while they are away - and, most importantly, what would they eat?

Millions of students across the nation rely on the free or discounted meals they eat at school, and for many, the hot breakfast and healthy lunch served at school might be the only meals they eat in a day.