The Coweta County School System’s free meal service program will continue throughout the summer until school starts back Aug. 6.
Since March 17, the school system has provided free meals on days that the students would have been in school through an emergency meal program.
Coweta’s participation in the emergency school meal program was made possible because the school system had earlier applied to be a part of the federal USDA’s Summer Food Service Program.
The Coweta County Board of Education approved Coweta’s participation in the program on March 10, only a few days before school closures began. The system’s participation allowed Coweta Schools to provide the emergency pick-up food service during the closures.
The summer program follows the same schedule as the emergency program, with eight sites open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to noon.
Meals are for drive-thru pick up only and include a daily lunch and breakfast per child for children 18 and under, or 21 and under for youth with special needs. Any child present at any site will be served regardless of enrollment or where they go to school.
Backpack Buddies has also coordinated with the school system to distribute bags of food for the weekend on Fridays. Each Friday during the school year, Backpack Buddies provides students who may need extra food on weekends with a bag of easy-to-eat food.
The meal service won’t be operating the week of July 6-10. However, the school system will provide six breakfasts and six lunches to school-age children who pick up meals July 3.
Coweta County School Nutrition Director Keshia Williams said on July 31, they will distribute meals to cover Aug. 3-5, before school starts back Aug. 6.
School nutrition employees from across Coweta County work at the Coweta school sites with SROs, transportation staff and faculty to coordinate the sites. If a student currently receives a documented Special Diet Meal Accommodation through the School Nutrition Program and wishes to participate, parents can let Williams know by calling 404-971-5198.
The sites were selected because they are centrally located and within easy reach of many families. They are:
- Newnan High School (pick up at bus loading zone, Armory Road)
- Arnco-Sargent Elementary School (pick up at car-rider zone, Old Carrollton Road)
- Ruth Hill Elementary School (pick up in car-rider zone, Sunset Lane)
- Jefferson Parkway Elementary School (pick up in car-rider zone, Farmer Industrial Boulevard)
- Smokey Road Middle School (pick up in bus-loading zone, Smokey Road)
- Winston Dowdell Academy (pick up in car-rider zone, Dowdell Street)
- East Coweta High School (pick up in car-rider loop, near front office, Highway 154)
- Glanton Elementary School (pick up in car-rider zone, Highway 29)