Free meals and food service for students in La.
Free food programs are popping up throughout the state after the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to several major school systems. Here are local and state resources (updated frequently):
Schools in 61 of 64 parishes are serving as feeding sites to provide meals to children during school closures. This list is subject to change as resources and information become more available. US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced proactive flexibilities to allow meal service during school closures to minimize potential exposure to the coronavirus. During an unexpected school closure, schools can leverage their participation in one of USDA’s meal programs to provide meals at no cost to students. Under normal circumstances, those meals must be served in a group setting. However, in a public health emergency, the law allows USDA the authority to waive the group setting meal requirement, which is vital during a social distancing situation. Read: Louisiana Believes
Tues. March 17. In response to COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Regina Barrow along with several colleagues are partnering with McDonald’s and EBR School System to provide free lunch meals to students in the Glen Oaks and Scotlandville communities. Meals will be available at noon tomorrow, March 17 at Glen Oaks High School, 6650 Cedar Glen Dr and Scotlandville PreEngineering Middle Magnet School, 9147 Elm Grove Drive. For more info call 225-359-9400. Barrow thanks McDonald’s, EBR School System, Sen. Cleo Fields, Reps. Barbara W Carpenter, C. Denise Marcelle, Edmond Jordan, Ted James, Larry Selders and Eugene Rico Williams.
Starting Wed., March 18. The EBRPSS’s Child Nutrition Department will be serving free, grab-n-go breakfast and lunch at seven school sites beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Grab-N-Go breakfast and lunch will be served at:
Grab-N-Go breakfast and lunch will be served at the following schools:
- Northeast Elementary
- Progress Elementary
- Woodlawn Elementary
- Wildwood Elementary
- Capitol Middle
- McKinley Middle
- Park Forest Middle
While supplies last, families will be able to pick up pre-packaged breakfast and lunches for children 18 years of age and younger, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on weekdays during the mandated school closure period (March 16, 2020 – April 13, 2020). At least one child must be present in order to receive school meals. ONLINE: ebrschools.org/child-nutrition.