CENTRAL VIRGINIA (WRIC) — After Governor Ralph Northam’s decision Friday to close all K-12 schools for at least two weeks, Virginia school districts have come up with ways to keep students fed.
School districts like Richmond Public Schools have set up meal distribution sites, where students and their families can pick up meals. Community leaders have also stepped up to the plate and are coordinating efforts to get local students a meal.
Richmond Public Schools will be distributing meals starting Monday, March 16. RPS students and their families can go to any of the participating RPS schools and get a meal. Families can pick up multiple meals to avoid making daily trips.
A local Indian food restaurant will be providing students with a hot meal staying March 16th until March 27th. Students are invited to enjoy a free buffet lunch at India K’ Raja restaurant from 11:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m.
Chesterfield County Public Schools will be providing students with breakfast and lunch while they are out of the classroom due to coronavirus concerns.
Meals will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Chesterfield Food Bank is stepping up to make sure students receive breakfast and lunch items. The food distribution will take place at the food bank’s Ironbridge location.
Members of the Trinity Lutheran Church will be serving hot dogs and chips for lunch at 213 Randolph Street from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Henrico County said they are aware that many of their students depend on school meals for their daily nutrition. The school system is providing students with a “grab and go” food service.
Starting Tuesday, March 17, HCPS said they will be giving free “grab and go” meals — lunch and breakfast — on a first-come, first-served basis.
Hopewell Public Schools will be giving students free meals starting Monday, March 16. Breakfast will be served from 8:30-9:30 am and lunch from 11:30 am -1:00 pm.
“Being mindful of social distancing these meals will be grab and go,” the school system said. After Monday, Hopewell schools will start using the Blue Devil Express Food Truck.
The Powhatan District will be offering breakfast and lunch for pickup in the bus loops at both Powhatan Middle School and Powhatan High School.