APS expands emergency food sites, adds bus route food delivery

In an effort to make sure no child goes hungry during coronavirus building closures, Atlanta Public Schools began distributing food along bus routes and doubled the number of food distribution sites.

Beginning Wednesday, the school district with an enrollment of more than 50,000 students began to send school buses stocked with food on middle school bus routes. The buses will drive out to serve students who live in the neighborhoods that serve Therrell, South Atlanta, Washington, Jackson, Mays, Douglass and Carver high schools.

A list of bus routes that will drop off food can be found here. 

The district also expanded the number of school buildings that are open daily for students to pick up sack lunches and breakfasts. Beginning Wednesday, 10 school sites are open between 10 a.m. and noon. They are:

  • Bunche Middle School - 1925 Niskey Lake Rd., SW.
  • Cleveland Avenue Elementary School - 2672 Old Hapeville Rd., SW.
  • Douglass High School - 225 Hamilton E Holmes Dr., NW.
  • Phoenix Academy (formerly Alonzo Crim High School) - 256 Clifton St.
  • Sylvan Hills Middle School - 1461 Sylvan Rd., SW.
  • Booker T. Washington High School - 45 Whitehouse Dr. SW.
  • Hope-Hill Elementary School - 112 Boulevard NE.
  • King Middle School - 545 Hill St SE.
  • Thomasville Heights Elementary School - 1820 Henry Thomas Dr. SE.
  • Young Middle School - 3116 Benjamin E Mays Dr. SW.

Those planning to come to the sites to pick up food should bring their children. If arriving by car, families should drive-through the distribution area and remain in their car while receiving food.

The district has also put together a list of other community distribution sites and food pantries for families. That information can be found here.