Hamilton County Schools has doubled the number of student meal site locations open across the county today.
The district has also launched several targeted bus delivery routes to certain areas.
School district employees and volunteers have been handing out thousands of meals a day to students since schools first closed on March 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, other organizations such as the YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga have also helped provide meals to families.
On Monday, two sites were closed — East Brainerd Elementary, which was destroyed during Sunday night's storm, and Wolftever Elementary, which was temporarily inaccessible.
The locations or buses will provide two days worth of breakfast and lunch to any child age 18 or younger. Food pick-up sites will be available outside each school location from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week until school re-opens or the school year has expired.
Children must be present to receive the free meals, but proof of enrollment is not required.
The school locations for food pick-up include:
— Clifton Hills Elementary
— East Lake Elementary
— Hardy Elementary
— Orchard Knob Elementary
— Bess T Shepherd Elementary
— Harrison Elementary
— Ooltewah Elementary
— Snow Hill
— Wallace A Smith Elementary
— Wolftever Creek Elementary
— East Ridge Elementary
— East Side Elementary
— Spring Creek Elementary
— Hixson High
— Middle Valley Elementary
— Soddy Elementary
— Brown Academy
— Nolan Elementary
— Red Bank Elementary
— Rivermont Elementary
Buses will also run specific elementary morning bus routes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Smaller buses or vehicles might be used to deliver food each day, according to district information.
The bus routes include:
— No. 3, North Hamilton County Elementary
— No. 13, Soddy Elementary
— No. 47, Woodmore Elementary
— No. 66, Spring Creek Elementary
— No. 76, Spring Creek Elementary
— No. 76, Woodmore (This bus runs two elementary school routes)
— No. 326, Hixson Elementary
— No. 330, Red Bank Elementary
— No. 333, Alpine Crest Elementary
— No. 354, Snow Hill Elementary
— No. 367, Lakeside Academy
— No. 375, Battle Academy
— No. 379, Brown Academy
— No. 393, East Lake Academy
— No. 394, Calvin Donaldson Elementary
— No. 407, Bess T Shepherd Elementary
— No. 447, Calvin Donaldson Elementary
For more information or questions about routes, call the district's Transportation Hotline at 423-498-5555.
Volunteers are also needed for the foodservice program. For more information, contact Kate Skonberg via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 423-498-7188.
Contact Meghan Mangrum at email@example.com or 423-757-6592. Follow her on Twitter @memangrum.
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