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To reach more students, DeKalb Schools to deliver some meals by bus

DEKALB 02-16-20 - The DeKalb County School District has opened 14 schools for lunches Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until noon. From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. during the week, snacks will be handed out at nine area recreation centers, to help meet the needs of students, especially those who rely on school meals for their nutrition. (Video and Reported by Marlon Walker / marlon.walker@ajc.com )

The DeKalb County School District announced Tuesday it will add more meal pick-up locations and begin school bus deliveries to ensure students receive food during a building shut down aimed at helping stabilize the coronavirus' continued spread.

The additional pick-up locations will begin Thursday; School bus food deliveries will begin March 23.

The district initially announced seven school sites open for meal pick-up between 10 a.m. and noon on Monday through Friday until school buildings are allowed to reopen. It then upped that number to 14. Another nine area recreations centers will pass out snacks between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. each weekday.

“The revised plan allows (the DeKalb County School District) the opportunity to reach more students within each region,” a district spokesperson said in a release.

Gwinnett County Schools and Atlanta Public Schools are among the metro Atlanta school districts that have already announced school buses would be used for food deliveries.

Schools where meal pick-up will begin Thursday are: John R. Lewis Elementary School; Avondale Elementary School; Stephenson Middle School; Freedom Middle School; Miller Grove Middle School; Peachcrest Elementary School; and Cedar Grove Elementary School.

The Atlanta Food Bank will start providing food beginning the week of March 23 at Sequoyah Middle School; Jolly Elementary School; Idlewood Elementary School; Chapel Hill Middle School and the DeKalb Early Learning Center.