Zeborah Ogletree on Monday hands food to Jordan Woods and his mother Kenyatta Veasey at North Clayton Middle School.
Photo: LEON STAFFORD/AJC
Photo: LEON STAFFORD/AJC

Clayton Schools doubles the number of food distribution sites in coronavirus wake

Clayton Schools is expanding its effort to get meals in the hands of children and families by doubling the number of sites where the food will be distributed and joining forces with the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

The south metro school district is adding 11 new distribution sites Wednesday to the 10 it has been operating since Monday. And families can now pick up both breakfast and lunch at the same time between 9 a.m. and noon, the district said.

Clayton Schools, like all districts in metro Atlanta, closed its doors indefinitely on Monday because of the coronavirus outbreak. Officials fear that move left the many students who depend on school breakfast and lunch without a meal and the district with thousands of apples, oranges and vegetables that would otherwise rot. 

The distribution sites include these elementary schools: Church Street, Edmonds, Fountain, Huie, Jackson, King, Lake Ridge, Lee Street, Pointe South, Tara and West Clayton. Eddie White Academy also is a distribution site.

Middle Schools include: Kendrick, Morrow, Rex Mill and North Clayton.

High Schools: Mt. Zion, Munday’s Mill, Lovejoy and Riverdale. 

On March 27, the district and the Atlanta Community Food Bank will provide groceries to families of the school system every Friday at Huie, King, Tara and West Clayton elementary schools and at Lovejoy High School. 

To make that happen, the district and the food bank are seeking volunteers to help. Volunteers are need to help package the foods on Thursdays and to distribute them on Friday.

Volunteers interested in helping package the food on Thursdays should arrive at 9 a.m. Those willing to help distribute the meals should arrive at the sites at 8 a.m. each Friday.

Those interested are asked to reach out to the district via email at ccpscommunications@clayton.k12.ga.us.

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