DATE: March 24, 2020
CONTACT: Phil Giaramita, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Officer
Albemarle County Public Schools Expanding Student Meal Distribution to 11 New Sites Throughout the County
(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia) – Albemarle County Public Schools is expanding its distribution of breakfasts and lunches to students who qualify for the federal government’s free and reduced meal program. The division began offering meals to students at six school locations on Tuesday, March 17, and is adding 11 more sites in communities throughout the county beginning tomorrow.
During the first four days of the program last week, the school division’s Child Nutrition Program provided over 5,000 meals to students, averaging 650 per day for each of its six distribution sites at Albemarle, Monticello, and Western Albemarle high schools; Sutherland and Walton middle schools; and Woodbrook Elementary School.
Starting tomorrow, meals for students and siblings 18 years of age and younger will also be available in the urban ring near the pool sites at Abbington Crossing Apartments on Old Brook Road and Mallside Forest Apartments on Mallside Forest Court; in the upper-back parking lot at Granite Park Apartments on Peyton Drive; and at University Heights Apartments on Colonnade Drive.
In the southern portion of the county, student meal service will extend to the Boys & Girls Clubs at Southwood in Charlottesville and also at James River in Scottsville; Wilton Farm (near the main office); Cismont Market in Keswick; and Red Hill and Stone-Robinson elementary schools.
In the west, meals will also be available at Claudius Crozet Park.
Meals will be distributed at the new sites from school buses.
While we will continue to distribute meals, including a lunch for today and a breakfast for tomorrow, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Albemarle, Monticello, Western Albemarle, Sutherland, Walton, and Woodbrook, times will vary at the new locations.
Meals will be available from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at six locations, including Abbington Crossing; Claudius Crozet Park; Granite Park; James River Boys & Girls Club; Southwood Boys & Girls Club; and Wilton Farm.
Meals will be distributed from 11:30 a.m. until noon at Mallside Forest Apartments; from 11:40 to 12:10 at University Heights; and from 11:45 until 12:05 at Cismont Market.
At Red Hill Elementary, meals will be distributed between noon and 12:30, and at Stone-Robinson Elementary, distribution is scheduled from 12:15 to 12:45.
Families and students are reminded at all locations to exercise social distancing while obtaining their meals. Anyone with special needs, such as being unable to get to any of the distribution sites, should call the Child Nutrition Program at 434-295-0566. The school division is continuing to consider additional delivery options based upon demand.