This story was updated Friday, March 27, 2020, at 1:38 p.m. with more information.
Cardboard boxes packed to the brim were lined up on more than a dozen lunchroom tables in the cafeteria at Dade Elementary School.
It was 9:15 Wednesday morning. On a regular day, kids would be at their desks in the classroom, teachers would be at the dry-erase boards and the lunchroom staff would be cleaning up breakfast and preparing for lunch.
Instead, as schools all over the country are closed amid the coronavirus outbreak, employees of Dade County Schools are adjusting to the new normal. One of the biggest adjustments, Director of School Nutrition Dr. Cleta Long said, is having to deliver two meals a day for five days to more than 1,000 kids in the county.
Wednesday was the fourth delivery day for the school district, and things were moving a lot smoother than the first.
"We've kind of got it down to an art," Long said.
There are more than 2,000 students in four schools in Dade County. Once schools closed, the district had to figure out a way to feed students who rely on at least one, and in most cases two, meals that they get at school.
The district landed on a delivery method that used the morning bus schedule as a way to drop off meals to students and their families.
The cafeteria staff and other volunteers start preparing meals at 6 a.m. By 9:15, buses are loaded. They have to leave the lot by 10 so kids can rely on a set time for when they should come pick up their food at their bus stops.
John Smith, transportation supervisor for the district, said his bus drivers run 20 routes every morning. To make the meal delivery more efficient, he split those 20 routes up into five that start delivering at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and run until about 12:30 p.m.
Bus drivers take turns running the routes and volunteers from the district help out packing the meals, loading them on buses and handing them out along the route.
Misty Blalock has been a bus driver for Dade County Schools for 15 years. She knows her route like the back of her hand, and it helps in a situation like this to know which apartments kids live in, how many kids are usually at a certain bus stop and how to make sure everyone is accounted for.
Melisa Giles is another bus driver for the district, but she was helping deliver meals Wednesday with middle school teacher Angelicque Melton and bookkeeper Alicia Williams.
Meals are delivered twice a week. Monday's delivery includes two meals for two days and Wednesday's includes two meals for three days. Dade County has also set up two pick-up locations for parents who are out and about.
Elsewhere in North Georgia, Walker County Schools has started a volunteer-run program called FeedEx that is delivering meals to students twice a week, much like Dade County. Starting April 6, Catoosa County Schools plans to have delivery and pick-up for meals every Monday.
As soon as schools began to announce closures — initially just for two weeks, then through the end of the month, and now until at least the end of April — Hamilton County Schools officials and community members jumped into action.
More than a third, or 35.4%, of Hamilton County students are considered "economically disadvantaged" and about 64.7%, or almost 30,000 students, have access to free breakfast and lunch every day when school is in session. The district first set up meal pick-up locations in dozens of local schools, but as state and federal guidelines relaxed, Hamilton County, like many area school districts, turned to lunch delivery via bus.
Buses now drive elementary school routes between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. three days a week, dropping off two days' worth of breakfasts and lunches to the children waiting.
The effort, which began Monday, hasn't gone off without a hitch, though.
Loretta Stephen Dickson, an Ooltewah resident, said some students went hungry on Monday when buses ran out of meals.
"They ran out of food before the children all got bags. It's a learning curve," Dickson said. "There are a lot of low-income families nearby and a lot of folks who could not afford to "stock up" or feed their children extra meals during the week. They are definitely depending on these meals."
Dickson, a caregiver home during the day, helps round up other kids in the neighborhood when the buses come through. On Wednesday, she said the process was much smoother and all the children were able to receive meals.
Feeding the children
Operating under names like “Grab-N-Go,” “Starvation Salvation Station,” and Coffee County’s unique “Get Your Selfie Fed!” rural school systems across Southeast Tennessee and Northeast Alabama are also providing meals to students and young children through bus route deliveries and drive-through pickup stations, mostly on three-day and five-day schedules. In most cases, breakfast and lunch is provided and systems with three pickup days are providing meals for two to three days at a time. DeKalb County, Alabama, schools are providing a week’s worth of meals at a time for each child.
Almost all systems require children to be present to receive a meal.
Bledsoe County schools, like several others, have been on spring break recently. Bledsoe is kicking its free meal program into high gear with Gov. Bill Lee’s recommendation for the closure of schools across the state through April 24. In Bledsoe until Friday, meals can be picked up at community volunteer fire departments across the county 3-5 p.m. CDT. Plans for meals next week and beyond and information regarding education resources will be announced later this week.
In Tennessee, Bradley County, Polk County and Cleveland City schools are among the systems using school buses to make deliveries and providing meals through pick-up stations. Systems in Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Rhea and Sequatchie, meals are being provided at pick-up stations either at schools or other community sites.
In Alabama, Fort Payne and DeKalb County schools are providing five days’ worth of meals on Mondays. There was no information immediately available on Jackson County, Alabama, schools’ plan.
"[Wednesday] the buses were a bit earlier than the district said, but we had a lookout. They honked the horn several times as they approached and had the children line up in a much more orderly fashion. I think the children are beginning to understand how it works, as well," she said.
Becky Mulkey is the mother of two middle school students who attend East Hamilton School. She still works outside the house during the day and her children are expected to attend virtual classes online and adhere to a schedule.
That doesn't leave time for them to run outside and wait on a bus, and at first Mulkey was frustrated with the lack of flexibility. On Monday, her children waited in the rain and were then marked absent from class.
"I just want to see them on a dependable schedule," Mulkey said. "Don't get me wrong, I appreciate everything they are doing, because they do not have to do this. But if they are going to do this, have the bus drivers be there when they say they are going to be there."
Since Monday, Mulkey has heard from her child's teachers who assured her that students should go pick up their meals, even if they have to miss some class time to do so. Mulkey said they were very accommodating and understanding.
"Parents and teachers all need to be patient with each other while we figure out this new normal," Mulkey said.
Most parents and families seem to agree that the delivery system is easier and safer for children and families.
"The program overall is great and I am so glad they are delivering via the buses," said Angie Pavey Martin. "I think that method will help save parents gas and the trouble of loading kids into the car twice a day and help so many more families. We all have to help each other to get through the unknown situation we are currently facing."
District officials are consistently looking for volunteers to help out on the buses, in addition to the classified staff and bus drivers who are driving and staffing the buses.
Hamilton County Schools Chief Operations Officer Justin Robertson previously told the Times Free Press that the meals will continue to be provided "for as long as schools are out."
Dade Elementary School Principal Tracy Blevins said the whole staff has had to adjust to the state's new normal. That means more online conference calls, meal deliveries and being away from the students.
"We all just want to get back to work and be with the kids," Blevins said.
On the route, Melton and the rest of the bus passengers laughed at how kids come out of their houses still in their pajamas.
"I don't get messages from my students until after 11," Melton said with a laugh.
Some came out in checkered pajama pants, some with socks and no shoes, other barefoot in gravel driveways with their dogs.
Schools Superintendent Dr. Jan Harris rode Wednesday's bus with Misty Blalock. Board Chairwoman Carolyn Bradford rode a different bus and hasn't missed a delivery day yet.
"The kids have been wonderful," Bradford said. "I wanted to be out here to see their happy faces and to let them know we're here for them."
Staff writers Meghan Mangrum and Ben Benton contributed to this story.
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FEEDING SCHEDULE ROUNDUP FOR CHATTANOOGA REGION SCHOOL SYSTEMS
Hamilton County: In the metropolitan Chattanooga area, Hamilton County Schools runs buses on the morning elementary school bus routes Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but meals are open and available to all children under 18. Families can go online to find their stop or call the transportation hotline at 423-498-5555.
Time frames for the student meal delivery:
Special Education Routes: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Buses 1-111: 11:15 a.m.-noon
Buses 300-499: 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
Bledsoe County: Bledsoe County Schools will be providing meals on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Pikeville Elementary, Rigsby Elementary and Wheeler Elementary.
First Southern Baptist Church will be offering 5-day snack packs for Bledsoe County students. Church members will be at each of the Bledsoe's volunteer fire departments on March 27 and April 3 from 3-5:00 p.m. Volunteers will bring the snack packs to the car. Students do not have to be present to receive a snack pack but recipients must be Bledsoe County residents. NOTE from director of schools Jennifer Terry: "Later this week we will provide information on student meal service and additional educational resources for the week of March 31 – April 3, 2020."
Bradley County: Breakfast and lunch will be delivered on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays with buses running normal school routes beginning at 11 a.m. Students or a family member should be at the closest bus stop about 4.5 hours after their normal morning pickup time. For example, if your pickup is normally 7 a.m., food will be delivered at 11:30 a.m.
Meals can be picked up at Park View Elementary and Food City locations on McGrady Drive and Ocoee Crossing on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:45-9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
If your family is in need of specific assistance for delivery, please contact your respective school.
Cleveland City: Cleveland City school buses will be delivering food to bus stops, offering breakfast and lunch to any child under 18. Officials warn that deliveries could take longer than expected and ask families to be patient. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to any children under the age of 18 if they are at a bus stop. Please use the links below for meal delivery times for each school zone.
Food sites for pick up are also open from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at:
Cleveland High School
Candy's Creek Cherokee Elementary
Coffee County: Come Get Your Selfie Fed! Campaign to provide daily drive-through meal pickups from 9:30-11:30 a.m. CDT. Children must be 18 or under and present.
Pick up meals at Hickerson Elementary School and Deerfield Elementary School.
Check the system's Facebook page for pickup locations that can vary from school to school through the week. Instructional packets are also being distributed at the sites, as needed.
Tullahoma City: Starvation Salvation Station is serving meals March 30 and 31 to children 18 and under via drive-through meal pickup stations breakfast 8:30-9:30 a.m. CDT and lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CDT at:
Jack T. Farrar Elementary
East Lincoln Elementary
Tullahoma High School
West Middle School
Also, Tullahoma Village children will have breakfast delivered at 8:15 a.m. and lunch at 11 a.m. CDT
Southgate, breakfast 8:30 a.m., lunch 11:a.m.
Whispering Oaks, breakfast 8:45 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m.
Cedar Lane Village, breakfast 9 a.m., lunch 11:45 a.m.
Highland Court, breakfast 9:20 a.m., lunch 12:05 p.m.
Ada Ferrell, breakfast 9:15 a.m., lunch 12:20 p.m.
Briarwood Apartments, breakfast 9:30 a.m., lunch 12:40 p.m.
Eastgate Apartments, breakfast at 9:45 a.m.,lunch12:50 p.m.
Dossett Apartments, breakfast 10 a.m., lunch 1 p.m.
All times Central.
Manchester City: Starvation Salvation Station is providing breakfast and lunch to 18 and under through a drive-through pickup on March 30 and on April 6 at Westwood Elementary and College Street Elementary 9-11 a.m. while supplies last. Updates on future locations can be found on the systems social media sites and at manchestercitysch.org
Franklin County: Grab-N-Go Meals, breakfast and lunch, are available to children 18 and under at drive-through/pickup services 10 a.m.-12 p.m. CDT daily at:
Clark Memorial Elementary
Franklin County High School
North Lake Elementary
Rock Creek Elementary
Grundy County: Grab-N-Go Meals, breakfast and lunch, are available to children 18 and under or any child enrolled in the system Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m.-12 p.m. CDT at drive-through and pickup locations at:
Coalmont Elementary School
Coalmont Fire Hall
Sweeton Hill Church
Beersheba Community Center
Community House of Prayer
Barkers Cove Church
Grundy County High School
Gruetli Community Center
Tracy City Elementary
Monteagle bus stop
Grundy County Housing Authority
Tram Road Intersection
Plainview Community Center
First United Methodist Church
Hobbs Hill Church
Children must be present and meals cannot be consumed on-site. Feeding times listed are valid through March 31.
Marion County: Grab-N-Go Meals, breakfast and lunch, are available each day to children Monday-Friday 9-10:30 a.m. CDT until March 31. Drive-through and pick up meals are available a:
South Pittsburg Elementary
Meals can also be picked up at drive-throughs at:
Foster Falls Fire Hall
Haletown Fire Hall
New Hope Fire Hall
Sequatchie Fire Hall
South Pittsburg Mountain Fire Hal
Suck Creek Mountain Fire Hall
Whitwell Mountain Fire Hall
Children must be present and meals cannot be consumed on-site.
McMinn County: Children under 18 in McMinn County can get two days' worth of meals Thursday 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at:
Riceville Elementary School
Niota Elementary School
Englewood Elementary School
Meals also can be picked up 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m at:
E.K. Baker Elementary School
Goodsprings Baptist Church (Etowah)
Calhoun Elementary School
Rogers Creek Elementary School
Athens City: Drive-through breakfast and lunch meals for children 18 and under are available 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ingleside School or Westside School Mondays and Thursdays.
Additional pick-up locations include:
Clem Jones Apartments 11-11:30 a.m.
Lee Manor Apartments 10:30-11 a.m.
Forrest Hills Apartments 11-11:30 a.m.
North Etowah Baptist Church 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m.
Children must be present.
Etowah City: Etowah City School students can get meals Monday and Thursday. Each child will get breakfast and lunch for three days. Pickup at the school 9a.m.-12:30 p.m., or bus delivery along the bus routes starting at 8 a.m. for bus #1 and around 10 a.m. for bus #2. Children must be present.
Meigs County: Meals for Students campaign for the Meigs County school system is offering breakfast from 9-10 a.m. and lunch 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m for children 18 and under March 27, 30 and 31 at:
Meigs South Elementary
Meigs North Elementary
Meigs Middle School
School staff will distribute meals. Children must be present, unless they are sick.
Polk County: Starting March 30, Polk County Schools will begin providing meals to any children under 18. School officials are trying to contact students' parents to find out whether they need meals and are asking any parents who have not been contacted to call the system's central office at 423-299-0471.
Buses will run regular routes to deliver meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to those who contact their child's teacher or school principal. Students will be given two breakfasts and lunches on Monday and Wednesday, and one of each on Friday. Students may pick up breakfast and lunch daily between 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Copper Basin Elementary, Benton Elementary and South Polk Elementary.
Rhea County: Breakfast and lunch are being served each Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., available to children 18 and under at drive-through pick up stations at any elementary school in the county. Children must be present and there is no need to leave your car. Participants get three days' worth of meals on Mondays and two days' worth of meals on Thursdays. Daily menus are available through the system website.
Dayton City: Dayton City School will distribute meals Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in a pick up station in front of the school. A breakfast/lunch meal pack will be provided to each child, whether they are a DCS student or not. Children must be present. Lesson packets and other items can also be picked up during these times on March 27.
Sequatchie County: Children in Sequatchie County's three-school system can pick up pre-packaged meals for each child in the household starting March 26 via a drive-through station set up at Griffith Elementary School. Parents must remain in their vehicles.
Catoosa County: Catoosa County Schools will continue providing meals for students after Spring Break. On Monday, April 6, and every Monday the district is out of school, meals will be provided at LFO High School on Battlefield Parkway from 8-10 a.m. Meal delivery is also available by emailing email@example.com or calling 706-965-0266.
Dade County: Dade County Schools will deliver meals to all kids in the county under the age of 18, regardless whether they attend school in the school district or not, on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Kids and families are asked to wait for the buses to pull up to the curb to get the meals.
Parents can also pick up meals from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at:
Dade Elementary School
Davis Elementary School
Chattooga County: Chattooga County schools will deliver meals to all bus routes in the county, using school buses, vans, SUVs or trucks. Please watch for either a school bus or another vehicle, which will be clearly marked with an official Chattooga County Schools emblem and be at the usual bus stop 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Pick-up meals also will be available at each county school from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. daily.
Breakfast and lunch will be given to anyone 18 or younger at each bus stop. Children who do not normally ride a bus but would like to receive delivered meals, simply meet at the bus stop closest to your home. School system officials will add stops as much as possible within the schedule and route.
Do not gather and wait in groups of more than 10 people and maintain a 6-foot space between you and others. Bus stops that do not follow these guidelines may be dropped from the delivery route.
Trion City: Trion City Schools through Friday are providing meals via drive-through pick-up stations operating 10 a.m.-noon in drop-off/pick-up lanes at the front entrance at all city schools. Children can get breakfast and lunch for the week on pick-up days; Mondays children get two days' worth of meals and on Wednesdays they get meals for the rest of the week.
Please stay in your vehicle and understand the number of meals received will be based on the number of children in the vehicle. Meals cannot be consumed on site. There was no information immediately available on plans for the week of March 30.
Murray County: Starting March 27 and continuing after March 30, two days' worth of breakfast and lunch meals will be available to children on Fridays, three days of breakfast and lunch meals can be picked up on Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at:
Bagley Middle School
Murray High School
Spring Place Elementary
Spring Place Mobile Home Park
Meals will only be served on Tuesdays and Fridays beginning the week of March 30.
Walker County: Walker County Schools students will be delivered meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Buses run between 11:00 a.m. and 1 p.m. Drivers will stop and students must come to the bus to pick up food. To sign up for deliveries, call the district at 706-638-1240. For students who have not signed up for food delivery, parents can pick up meals between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the following locations:
Armuchee Community Center & Fire Hall
Chattanooga Valley Church of Nazarene
First Baptist of LaFayette
LaFayette High School
Peavine Baptist Church
Pigeon Mountain Grill
Ridgeland High School
Chickamauga City: On spring break March 30-April 3 and closed until April 24. No meal or feeding plan was immediately available on the system website, but a post on the system's social media page refers families to Walker County's schedule.
Whitfield County: Whitfield County Schools will not serve meals during spring break, which runs March 30-April 3, but when meals resume on April 6 students can get lunch and breakfast for the next day.
Pick up stations open 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. include:
Cedar Ridge Elementary
Dug Gap Elementary
North Whitfield Middle
Valley Point Elementary
Whitfield County buses also will be delivering meals 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. across the county.
Dug Gap Elementary's bus will deliver meals 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at:
Ireland Way/Joliet Way, 10:30 a.m.
1901 City View, 11 a.m.
McCharles Road, 11:30 a.m.
Chateau Way, 12 p.m.
American Drive, 12:30 p.m
Cedar Ridge Elementary buses will deliver meals 10:30-11:30 a.m. at:
Midge Way, 10:30 a.m.
Ledford Avenue/Pelman Drive, 11 a.m.
Red Cloud Way, 11:30 a.m.
Robinwood Circle, 10:30 a.m.
Old Grade Road, 11 a.m.
Red Barn Flea Market, 11:30 a.m.
Eastside Elementary two buses will deliver meals 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at:
Nelson Drive, 10:30 a.m.
Woodmont Drive, 11 a.m.
Antioch Commons Apartments, 11:30 a.m.
New Zion Baptist Church, 12 p.m.
Ohio Way 12:30 p.m.
Kinnett Drive, 10:30 a.m.
Hill Road Apartments, 11 a.m.
Reddington Way, 11:30
Raider Drive, 12 p.m.
Tuscan Way, 12:30 p.m.
North Whitfield Middle's seven buses will deliver meals 10:30-11:30 a.m. at:
Derby Drive, 10:30 a.m.
Cohutta Elementary, 11 a.m.
Varnell Pavilion, 11:30 a.m.
Somma Circle, 10:30 a.m.
Gaylord Circle, 11 a.m.
Bay Drive, 11:30 a.m.
Lynnwood, 10:30 a.m.
Gospel Way Church, 11 a.m.
Dawnville Church of God, 11:30 a.m.
Dawnville Elementary, 10:30 a.m.
L&M Fabricators, 11 a.m.
James Court, 11:30 a.m.
Skyview Drive, 10:30 a.m.
Cricket Way, 11 a.m.
Farrar Road, 11:30 a.m.
Pleasant Grove Elementary, 10:30 a.m.
Carolyn Baptist, 11 a.m.
Athens Way, 11:30 a.m.
Dawnville Meadows, 10:30 a.m.
Roberts Drive, 11 a.m.
Salem Baptist Church, 11:30 a.m.
Northwest High School's four buses will deliver meals 10:30-11 a.m. at:
Plainview/Wooded Hills, 10:30 a.m.
Bonnie Grove Subdivision, 11 a.m.
(*includes stops on Cherokee, Desoto and Van)
Stinnett Trailer Park, 10:30 a.m.
Maple Grove Baptist, 11 a.m.
Santa Fe, 10:30
Chisholm Circle, 11 a.m.
Frontier Loop, 11:30 a.m.
Tellico/Abilene, 10:30 a.m.
Cattleman, 11 a.m.
Valley Point Elementary's three buses will deliver meals 10:30-11:30 a.m. at:
East Fields Road, 10:30 a.m.
Trails End Way, 11 a.m.
West Fields Road, 11:30 a.m.
Swamp Creek Church, 10:30 a.m.
Doe Trail, 11 a.m.
Ashley Brook, 11:30 a.m.
Patricia Ann Road, 10:30 a.m.
1154 Tifton Road, 11 a.m.
Briar Patch Trailer Park, 11:30 a.m.
Westside Middle's bus will deliver meals 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at:
Tunnel Hill Elementary, 10:30 a.m.
Hasty Drive, 11 a.m.
Hurricane Church of God, 11:45
Lakeside Baptist, 12:15 a.m.
Dalton Public: Dalton Public Schools will not provide meals during spring break March 30-April 3, but distribution will resume April 6 and buses will deliver breakfast and lunch twice a day at the following areas and times:
Underwood Street, Gist Place to Brooker Drive; breakfast 7:50-8:01 a.m., lunch 11:03-11:15 a.m.
Dawnville Road, Cleveland Highway, Heather Way, Autumn Court, North Oak Drive; breakfast 7:52-8:21 a.m., lunch 11:05-11:34 a.m.
Haigmill Lake Road, Willowdale Road, Crow Valley Road, North Tibbs Road, College Drive; breakfast 7:55-8:36 a.m., lunch 11:10-11:49 a.m.
Jones Street, Valley Drive, West Crawford Street Vernon Avenue; bus deliveries for breakfast will be made 7:55-8:15 a.m., lunch 11:10-11:30 a.m.
Dug Gap Road, Mineral Springs, West Walnut; breakfast 7:59-8:18 a.m., lunch 11:14-11:31 a.m.
Legion Drive, Mitchell Street, Morningside Drive, Frazier Avenue, Veterans Drive, Connecticut, Mitchell Street, North Glenwood Avenue; breakfast 7:53-8:22 a.m., lunch 11:08-11:37 a.m.
Lesley Drive, Dawn Drive, Sycamore Circle, Woodpark Drive; breakfast 8:01-8:09 a.m., lunch 11:16-11:24 a.m.
North Hamilton Street, West Park Street, Factory Street, Moore Street, West Tyler Street, West Matilda Street, North Selvidge Street; breakfast 7:52-8:15 a.m., lunch 11:07-11:30 a.m.
Piedmont Lane, Manley Street, Walston Street, Winton Drive; breakfast, 7:54-8:09 a.m., lunch 11:10-11:24 a.m.
Meeting Street, North Frederick, Easterling, Teasley, Spencer and East Emery; breakfast 7:54-8:11 a.m., lunch 11:09-11:25 a.m.
MLK Jr., Fields, North Grade and North Grimes; breakfast 7:55-8:14 a.m., lunch 11:10-11:30 a.m.
Sheridan Avenue, Barbara Avenue, Lester Avenue, East Morris Street, Byron Street, Goodwill Drive, Pinehill Drive, South Grade Drive and Georgia Avenue; breakfast 7:54-8:14 a.m., lunch 11:09-11:29 a.m.
Sheridan Avenue, Riverbend Road, Harris Street, Third Avenue, Fourth Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Lake Street, 11th Avenue, East Morris Street, May Street; breakfast 7:54-8:15 a.m., lunch 11:09-11:30 a.m.
Riverbend, East Morris, East Murray, May Street, Dozier, South Grimes, Stacy Drive, Pinehill; breakfast 7:55-8:14 a.m., lunch 11 a.m.;10-11:29 a.m.
Southbrook, West Ezzard Avenue, Bobby Drive, Brookhaven Circle, South Hamilton, Altamont Avenue, Central Avenue, Cedar Street; breakfast 7:57-8:19 a.m., lunch 11:12-11:34 a.m.
South Dixie Highway, Southbrook, West Ezzard, Bobby Drive, David Drive, Treadmill, Brookhaven, Mountain Brook, West Haven; breakfast 7:59-8:24 a.m., lunch 11:14-11:38 a.m.
West Emery Street, Ella Lane, South Tibbs Road, Shugart Road; breakfast 7:56-8:14 a.m., lunch 11:10-11:28 a.m.
Lakemont Drive, Rio Vista Drive, West Walnut Avenue, Dug Gap Road, Ryman Ridge Road; breakfast 7:57-8:13 a.m., lunch 11:10-11:27 a.m.
East Matilda, North Elm Street, Roberts Street, Hawthorne Street, Underwood Street, Commerce Drive, West Woodland, East Woodland, Northview Drive, Stillwood Drive, Juniper Avenue, Virginia Avenue; breakfast 7:53-8:10 a.m., lunch 11:08-11:26 a.m.
Underwood, Dantzler, James Street, Frazier Drive, Redbird, Burchfield Avenue, Road Street, Fields Avenue, Anderson, Croy, North Fredrick Street; breakfast 7:52-8:13 a.m., lunch 11:07-11:27 a.m.
Cleo Way, North Thornton Avenue, Trammell Street, Cascade Drive, Clark Street, West Tyler Street, Jones Street, West Hawthorne Street; breakfast 7:55-8:19 a.m., lunch 11:10-11:33 a.m.
Meals can also be picked up at:
Mack Gaston Community Center, 218 N. Fredrick St.; breakfast 7:45-8:15 a.m., lunch 11:00-11:30 a.m.
Civitan Park, 505 Shugart Rd.; breakfast 8-8:30 a.m., lunch 12-12:30 p.m.
Relentless Worship Center, 210 Robinson Drive; breakfast 7:45-8:15 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Salvation Army, 1109 Thornton Ave.; breakfast 8-8:30 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
White Pediatrics, 1575 Chattanooga Road; breakfast 8:45-9:15 a.m., lunch 12:30-1 p.m.
Trinity United Methodist Church, 901 Veterans Drive; breakfast 8-8:30 a.m., lunch 12-12:30 p.m.
City Park Elementary; breakfast 8:30-9 a.m., lunch 12:15-12:45 p.m.
Park Creek Elementary: breakfast 88:30 a.m., lunch 12-12:30 p.m.
Roan Street Elementary; breakfast 7:30-8 a.m., lunch 11-11:30 a.m.
Westwood Elementary; breakfast 7:45-8:15 a.m., lunch 12:15-12:45 p.m.
Brookwood Elementary; breakfast 8:00-8:30 a.m., lunch 12-12:30 p.m.
Dalton High School; breakfast 8:15-8:45 a.m., lunch 11:45-12:15
Children can pick up food from any location. Children do not have to be enrolled at the school in order to get a meal. If children are visiting from another school district, they are eligible to receive meals in Dalton.
Source: School system websites, notices and official posts on social media pages
DeKalb County: DeKalb County children 18 and under can get a week's worth of meals during the Monday pick-up time 10 a.m.-2 p.m. CDT. Each bagged meal will contain breakfast, lunch and a snack for five days.
Community pick up locations:
Collinsville School's children can receive meals at Collinsville High School gym
Crossville Elementary, Crossville Middle School and Crossville High School students can pick up meals at Kilpatrick Pharmacy's drive-through
Fyffe area children can receive meals at Fyffe Baptist Church
Geraldine children can pick up meals at Geraldine Home-Ec/AG Building
Henagar Junior High students can get meals at Henagar City Hall's drive-through
Ider children can get meals at the Ider School lunchroom through the car rider line
Moon Lake area children can pick up meals at Mentone Community Church
Plainview children can pick up meals at Plainview High School
Ruhama children can get meals at Ruhama First Baptist Church
Sylvania children can get meals at Sylvania Baptist Church
Valley Head children can pick up meals at the Mason Lodge on Commerce Street
Fort Payne City: Fort Payne Schools' meal delivery will operate similar to the DeKalb County's with a week's worth of meals being delivered by school buses on Mondays for children18 and under at the following times and locations:
Fort Payne Walking Park, 11-11:15 a.m.
Stewart Court Apartments, 11:30-11:45 a.m.
Green Acres Trailer Park, 12-12:30 p.m.
Fort Payne Family Worship Center at Pine Hills, 12:45-1 p.m.
Beason Gap Apartments, 1:15-1:30 p.m.
13th Street Apartments, 11-11:15 a.m.
Fort Payne Church of Christ, 11:30-11:45 a.m.
Mountain Trace Apartments, 12-12:15 p.m.
Hospitality Court, 12:20—12:35 p.m.
Cherokee Trailer Park/Deerfield Apartments, 12:45-1 p.m.
5 Points Bus Stop, 11-11:15 a.m.
Fischer Store, 12-12:30 p.m.
Hixon Pond apartments, 12:45-1 p.m.
* Meals can be picked up 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at:
Fort Payne Middle School
Williams Avenue Elementary School
Wills Valley Elementary School
No information was available on school system meals in Jackson County, Alabama.