Gwinnett schools offering free meals to all children for remainder of 2020

Lilburn Elementary School office worker Lucy Torp holds one of the free lunches that was given out to anyone under 18 on March 16. Gwinnett County Public Schools has received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to distribute free meals to all people 18 and under. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC
Lilburn Elementary School office worker Lucy Torp holds one of the free lunches that was given out to anyone under 18 on March 16. Gwinnett County Public Schools has received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to distribute free meals to all people 18 and under. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Gwinnett County Public Schools will offer free meals to anyone 18 and younger for the rest of the year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture granted a waiver to the school district allowing for free meals to be distributed regardless of demonstrated financial need to all students and also non-students. Typically, Gwinnett and other public school districts provide free and reduced-cost meals to students whose family’s household income is under a certain amount. That amount varies depending on family size.

The USDA waiver extends the federal Seamless Summer Option program, which provides funding for free meals for any children who want them during the summer months. The waiver extends additional funding to Gwinnett County Public Schools through the federal School Nutrition program.

The program was extended Monday, Sept. 8, so children can start receiving meals immediately.

The financial value of the waiver is difficult to determine because it will depend on how many meals are distributed, a district spokeswoman said.

Free breakfasts and lunches will be available for students learning in person and those who are learning virtually. Those who are attending school in person will receive free meals during designated meal times.

Virtual learners will be able to pick up meals curbside Monday through Thursday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 132 of the district’s 143 schools. If a student in need of meals attends a school that is not on the curbside pickup list, they or their parent can contact the school for specific pick-up instructions, the district said. Students and parents should check with their school for their designated pick-up hours.

However, students do not have to attend a specific school or even be enrolled in Gwinnett County Public Schools to get a free meal. Anyone 18 years or younger will be allowed to pick up a meal, the district said. Pick-ups will be curbside only, and nobody will be allowed into a school to get a meal.

The program will last through Dec. 31. The district encourages families who may qualify for free and reduced-price lunch to still fill out all necessary paperwork so they will be eligible once the waiver expires.

Schools offering curbside pick-up for free meals

Alcova Elementary School

Alford Elementary School

Anderson-Livsey Elementary School

Annistown Elementary School

Arcado Elementary School

Archer High School

Baggett Elementary School

Baldwin Elementary School

Bay Creek Middle School

Beaver Ridge Elementary School

Benefield Elementary School

Berkeley Lake Elementary School

Berkmar High School

Berkmar Middle School

Bethesda Elementary School

Britt Elementary School

Brookwood Elementary School

Brookwood High School

Burnette Elementary School

Camp Creek Elementary School

Cedar Hill Elementary School

Centerville Elementary School

Central Gwinnett High School

Chattahoochee Elementary School

Chesney Elementary School

Coleman Middle School

Collins Hill High School

Cooper Elementary School

Corley Elementary School

Couch Middle School

Craig Elementary School

Creekland Middle School

Crews Middle School

Dacula Elementary School

Dacula High School

Dacula Middle School

Discovery High School

Duluth High School

Duluth Middle School

Duncan Creek Elementary School

Dyer Elementary School

Ferguson Elementary School

Five Forks Middle School

Fort Daniel Elementary School

Freeman’s Mill Elementary School

GIVE Center East

GIVE Center West

Grace Snell Middle School

Graves Elementary School

Grayson Elementary School

Grayson High School

Gwin Oaks Elementary School

Harbins Elementary School

Harmony Elementary School

Harris Elementary School

Head Elementary School

Hopkins Elementary School

Hull Middle School

Ivy Creek Elementary School

Jackson Elementary School

Jenkins Elementary School

Jones Middle School

Jordan Middle School

Kanoheda Elementary School

Knight Elementary School

Lanier High School

Lanier Middle School

Lawrenceville Elementary School

Level Creek Elementary School

Lilburn Elementary School

Lilburn Middle School

Lovin Elementary School

Magill Elementary School

Mason Elementary School

McClure Health Science High School

McConnell Middle School

McKendree Elementary School

Meadowcreek Elementary School

Meadowcreek High School

Mill Creek High School

Minor Elementary School

Moore Middle School

Mountain Park Elementary School

Mountain View High School

Mulberry Elementary School

Nesbit Elementary School

Norcross Elementary School

Norcross High School

North Gwinnett High School

North Gwinnett Middle School

Northbrook Middle School

Norton Elementary School

Osborne Middle School

Parkview High School

Parsons Elementary School

Partee Elementary School

Patrick Elementary School

Paul Duke STEM High School

Peachtree Elementary School

Peachtree Ridge High School

Pharr Elementary School

Pinckneyville Middle School

Puckett’s Mill Elementary School

Radloff Middle School

Richards Middle School

Riverside Elementary School

Roberts Elementary School

Rock Springs Elementary School

Rockbridge Elementary School

Rosebud Elementary School

Shiloh Elementary School

Shiloh High School

Shiloh Middle School

Simonton Elementary School

Simpson Elementary School

Snellville Middle School

South Gwinnett High School

Starling Elementary School

Stripling Elementary School

Sugar Hill Elementary School

Summerour Middle School

Suwanee Elementary School

Sweetwater Middle School

Sycamore Elementary School

Taylor Elementary School

Trickum Middle School

Trip Elementary School

Twin Rivers Middle School

Walnut Grove Elementary School

White Oak Elementary School

Winn Holt Elementary School

Woodward Mill Elementary School