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MNPS to Offer Student Meal Delivery in Select Areas of Nashville
Revises schedule for meal pickup at schools
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 20, 2020) – With schools remaining closed due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, Metro Nashville Public Schools will be providing breakfast and lunch to children starting on Monday. In addition to school-based food distribution sites, MNPS will be offering meal delivery at locations in areas experiencing high rates of poverty.
“We know that many of our families won’t have access to the transportation necessary to get to one of our school-based distribution locations, so we’re doing our best to get out into the community and get food to the kids who need it the most,” said Dr. Adrienne Battle, Director of Schools. “We’ll be implementing social distancing best practices and requirements to reduce the potential for the spread of COVID-19 while we make every effort to provide for the needs of our students and families.”
Late Friday, MNPS officials were notified that an employee in the nutrition services division tested positive for COVID-19. The employee is not involved in food preparation nor supervising those who prepare food. The employee has not been to work since Monday, March 16, and had no contact with the food or those preparing the food. Based on conversations with the Metro Public Health Department, there is no risk to the food that was prepared. The district will be working with the Health Department and our school nurse program to implement additional safety precautions to ensure no employees that have symptoms of illness would be working to prepare or deliver meals.
Six MNPS school buses will be used to pick up approximately 250 meals each from preparation kitchens and brought to locations where children are able to pick up the meals. Locations and times for the bus drivers to provide meals will be updated on www.mnps.org/COVID19 when they become available, as well as shared with MNPS families through social media and callouts.
Following updated guidelines from the Tennessee Department of Education, MNPS has revised the timeline for food distribution at school locations to offer both breakfast and lunch at one time, reducing the need for families to travel.
Starting Monday, March 23, and continuing every weekday that schools are closed, the meals will be available to anyone under the age of 18, regardless of their school status; however, they must be present to collect the meals, per federal law. The bagged or boxed meals will be provided in a drive-through setup. The meals will be available for pickup between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the following locations:
- Apollo Middle School: 631 Richards Rd, Antioch, TN 37013
- Buena Vista Elementary School: 1531 9th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
- Cole Elementary School: 5060 Colemont Dr, Antioch, TN 37013
- DuPont Elementary School: 1311 9th St, Old Hickory, TN 37138
- Glencliff High School: 160 Antioch Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
- H.G. Hill Middle School: 150 Davidson Rd, Nashville, TN 37205
- I.T. Creswell Middle School: 3500 John Mallette Dr, Nashville, TN 37218
- Lakeview Elementary School: 455 Rural Hill Rd, Nashville, TN 37217
- Madison Middle School: 300 W Old Hickory Blvd, Madison, TN 37115
- McKissack Middle School: 915 38th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209
- Napier Elementary School: 67 Fairfield Ave, Nashville, TN 37210
- Rose Park Middle School: 1025 9th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
- Shwab Elementary School: 1500 Dickerson Pike, Nashville, TN 37207
- Stratford STEM Magnet High School: 1800 Stratford Ave, Nashville, TN 37216
- Two Rivers Middle School: 2991 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214
In addition to meals, Book’em will be offering free books to students at rotating sites where meals are being provided. The books will be pre-bagged and separated into age ranges for those children who are present to pick up meals. Book’em’s schedule is as follows:
Monday: Buena Vista Elementary, Cole Elementary, Rose Park Middle
Tuesday: Dupont Elementary, Lakeview Elementary, Madison Middle, Stratford High
Wednesday: Apollo Middle, McKissack Middle, Napier Elementary, Shwab Elementary
Thursday: Glencliff High, H.G. Hill Middle, I.T. Creswell Middle, Two Rivers Middle
“Feeding the body is important, but so too is feeding the mind while schools are closed and social distancing requires us all to limit our interaction with other people,” said Dr. Battle. “We’re grateful to Book’em for their commitment to the children of Nashville and their efforts to spark a passion for reading among all of us.”
Metro Schools will continue to partner with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee for family food box distribution. Currently there is a lack of available supplies to determine additional dates and locations at this time. Our Community Achieves staff will continue to coordinate with community partners to find opportunities to support families during the public health crisis. Families in need of food assistance should contact Second Harvest directly or call the United Way’s helpline at 2-1-1.
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