Here’s how local school districts are keeping students fed during COVID-19

Here’s where local students and parents can get grab-and-go meals and family-meal packs during school closures.

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UPDATED: As of March 23, Gov. Ralph Northam has officially closed all K-12 schools in Virginia through the remainder of the school year, per this order

For students who rely on daily meals provided by their school’s cafeteria, options are starting to pop up at more locations across the region (none have provided a potential end date or strategic plan for feeding children through the remainder of the school year). 

Below, find out how each of these counties in Northern Virginia are approaching the schedule change and feeding their students.

Alexandria

Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) is now expanding the lunch plan by offering breakfast and lunch meals for all ACPS students on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at various pickup locations. 

Students can get up to two days worth of breakfast and lunch on Mondays and Wednesdays, and one day’s worth on Fridays. There is no registration or sign-up required for this service. 

Pickup locations include: 

William Ramsay Elementary School: 5700 Sanger Ave., Alexandria

Francis C. Hammond Middle School: 4646 Seminary Road, Alexandria

Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology: 3600 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria

Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School: 1501 Cameron St., Alexandria

T.C. Williams High School: 3330 King St., Alexandria

For more information, please visit acps.k12.va.us.

Arlington

Arlington Public Schools (APS) is now offering free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches, free to any child ages 2 to 18, at various locations. The child must be present to get the meals; no parents will be authorized to pick up food without the child.

Pickup locations include: 

Kenmore Middle School: 200 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington

Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School: 3500 23rd St. S., Arlington

Beginning Wednesday, March 25, at the following: 

K.W. Barrett Elementary School: 4401 N. Henderson Road, Arlington

Campbell Elementary School: 737 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington

Randolph Elementary School: 1306 S. Quincy St., Arlington

Pickup will be available outside of each building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, please visit apsva.us.

Fairfax County

Fairfax County Public Schools is offering grab-and-go lunches, curbside pickup and, in some cases, delivery of free breakfast and lunch for local children, ages 2 to 18. 

All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch. Other county children, under the age of 18, can also receive a meal. Adults may pay $2 for the meals. Students must be present to collect free meals. 

Every location is open Monday through Friday, and local residents can find their nearest location via the Fairfax County Public Schools interactive map. There are currently over 45 locations offering meals for local children in Fairfax County. For a list of all pickup locations and more information, please visit fcps.edu.

Falls Church

Update: As of the news on Tuesday, Match 24, that all statewide schools will be closed, Falls Church City Public Schools has not yet offered an update on school nutrition services through the end of the year. As of March 16, the system was  providing a two-week supply of nonperishable food for all families enrolled in the free and reduced school lunch program. Families are encouraged to reach out to their designated social workers during this time. For more information, please visit fccps.org.

Loudoun County

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) will expand and extend free meals to local children, Monday to Friday, at multiple school locations and pickup locations across the county.

School-based meal service will be provided from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and students will be allowed two meals per day (breakfast and lunch) and will be permitted to pick up both meals simultaneously if desired.

LCPS is reaching students that rely heavily on school for nutrition support by using a school bus fleet to deliver meals to more accessible locations, such as community centers and churches, and will be expanding that further now that the school closures are through the remainder of the school year. Check the interactive map for the location nearest to you. For more information, please visit lcps.org.

Manassas

As of the news of the statewide closure, MCPS has not yet informed local residents on nutrition service updates. Please check back on Wednesday, March 25 for more information. Manassas City Public Schools will be offering breakfasts and lunches available to all students Monday through Friday, which began March 18, through Friday, April 3. Pickup will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Osbourn High School, George C. Round Elementary School and Weems Elementary School. All students are eligible through the age of 18. For more information, please visit mcpsva.org.

Prince William County

Prince William County Schools will offer to-go meals to all students under the age of 18 at various pickup locations across the county. Children must be present to receive the grab-and-go meals which include both breakfast and lunch. All drop offs will be held at the front door of every location, and you can find the location nearest to you through the interactive map. For more information, please visit pwcs.edu.  

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