Here's where students can receive free breakfast, lunch during COVID-19 closings

Posted at 7:48 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 10:21:32-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — School officials released the list of locations where free student meals and food boxes will be available.

For Metro Nashville Public Schools, food boxes, provided by the Second Harvest Food bank, and food bags, provided by the Bridge Ministry, will be handed at on Wednesday March 18 from 2-5 p.m. as long as supplies last at the following locations:

  • Antioch High School: 1900 Hobson Pike, Antioch, TN 37013
  • Buena Vista Elementary School: 1531 9th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
  • Cole Elementary School: 5060 Colemont Dr, Antioch, TN 37013
  • Donelson Middle School: 110 Stewarts Ferry Pike, Nashville, TN 37214
  • Haywood Elementary School: 3790 Turley Drive, Nashville, TN 37211
  • Inglewood Elementary School: 1700 Riverside Dr, Nashville, TN 37216
  • J.E. Moss Elementary School: 4701 Bowfield Dr, Antioch, TN 37013
  • Jere Baxter Middle School: 350 Hart Ln, Nashville, TN 37207
  • Napier Elementary School: 67 Fairfield Ave, Nashville, TN 37210

The school will also offer free breakfast and lunch to children in Nashville and Davidson County at the following locations beginning Monday, March 23. There is now one pick-up time to reduce the need for families to travel. Breakfast and lunch can be picked up together between 10a.m. and 12:30p.m.:

  • Apollo Middle School: 631 Richards Rd, Antioch, TN 37013
  • Buena Vista Elementary School: 1531 9th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
  • Cole Elementary School: 5060 Colemont Dr, Antioch, TN 37013
  • DuPont Elementary School: 1311 9th St, Old Hickory, TN 37138
  • Glencliff High School: 160 Antioch Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
  • H.G. Hill Middle School: 150 Davidson Rd, Nashville, TN 37205
  • I.T. Creswell Middle School: 3500 John Mallette Dr, Nashville, TN 37218
  • Lakeview Elementary School: 455 Rural Hill Rd, Nashville, TN 37217
  • Madison Middle School: 300 W Old Hickory Blvd, Madison, TN 37115
  • McKissack Middle School: 915 38th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209
  • Napier Elementary School: 67 Fairfield Ave, Nashville, TN 37210
  • Rose Park Middle School: 1025 9th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
  • Shwab Elementary School: 1500 Dickerson Pike, Nashville, TN 37207
  • Stratford STEM Magnet High School: 1800 Stratford Ave, Nashville, TN 37216
  • Two Rivers Middle School: 2991 McGavock Pk, Nashville, TN 37214

The meals will be bagged or boxed and available in a drive-through setup to limit crowds and possible exposure to COVID-19. The meals will be cold or room temperature to allow for transportation.

They are available to anyone under 18, regardless of their school status; however, they must be present to collect the meals, based on federal law.

School officials say the food will be prepared at Cane Ridge High School, John Overton High School, and Haynes Middle School and then delivered to the above locations.

“The societal changes that are occurring in response to COVID-19 make it all the more important that we find ways to provide for the nutritional needs of the children of Nashville,” Director of Schools Dr. Adrienne Battle stated in a press release. “We are so grateful to the community partners who are stepping up in this time of need, and we’ll be exploring as many options as possible to safely provide for the students and families of MNPS.”

For Wilson County, a “Lunch Drive Thru” is planned for the week of March 23 – 7. Wilson County Schools will be providing two-day meal pick-up packages for children within the community 18 years or younger, from 10:30 a.m. – noon. Children must be present to pick up meals – parents cannot take meals without children present.

Drive-thru sites will be open on the following days:

Monday – March 23
Wednesday – March 25
Friday – March 27

These schools will have the drive thru available at the locations outlined:

  • Lebanon High School – Commons entrance side
  • Gladeville Middle School – Northeast corner at back of building
  • Springdale Elementary – Back side of building at Cafeteria
  • Watertown Middle School – Front entrance steps

Click here to see information for Robertson County Schools.

Click here to see information for Dickson County Schools.

Franklin Special School District will offer free daily breakfast and lunch using a drive-through system, which will enable families to pick up meals for children 18 and under.

The drive-through program will be set up in two locations:

Poplar Grove School from 11:00-12:30. Cars should enter at the 2959 Del Rio Pike driveway and follow signs to the back of the building.

Liberty Elementary School from 11:00-12:30, at 600 Liberty Pike.

For those who are unable to drive through the two locations, meals will also be delivered to select locations in the district Monday-Friday until school reopens.

Delivery times and locations are as follows:

East Franklin
Hickory Drive: 11:00
Liberty Oaks: 11:05
Ash Drive - Chestnut Lane: 11:15

Central Franklin
Acton Street and Short Court: 11:00
Park Street: 11:05
Franklin Estates (pool): 11:20
Robin Hill Road: 11:35
Cherokee Place: 11:40


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