Central Virginia schools plan to distribute meals during coronavirus pandemic

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CENTRAL VIRGINIA (WRIC) — After Governor Ralph Northam’s decision Friday to close all K-12 schools for at least two weeks, Virginia school districts have come up with ways to keep students fed.

School districts like Richmond Public Schools have set up meal distribution sites, where students and their families can pick up meals. Community leaders have also stepped up to the plate and are coordinating efforts to get local students a meal.

“I want to just sort of give back in the ways I can while I’m still feeling really healthy,” said Allison Biache, a volunteer with HandsOn Greater Richmond.


Richmond Public Schools will be distributing meals starting Monday, March 16. RPS students and their families can go to any of the participating RPS schools and get a meal. Families can pick up multiple meals to avoid making daily trips.

A local Indian food restaurant will be providing students with a hot meal staying March 16th until March 27th. Students are invited to enjoy a free buffet lunch at India K’ Raja restaurant from 11:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m.


Chesterfield County Public Schools will be providing students with breakfast and lunch while they are out of the classroom due to coronavirus concerns.

Meals will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Chesterfield Food Bank is stepping up to make sure students receive breakfast and lunch items. The food distribution will take place at the food bank’s Ironbridge location.

Hanover County

Hanover County Public School students can pick up a lunch kit starting Monday, March 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at these locations:

  • John M. Gandy Elementary School, 201 Archie Cannon Drive
  • Mechanicsville Elementary School, 7425 Mechanicsville Elementary Drive

Parents, please note this is on a first-come, first-served basis. Children must be present.

In Ashland, members of the Trinity Lutheran Church will be serving hot dogs and chips for lunch at 213 Randolph Street from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Henrico County

Henrico County said they are aware that many of their students depend on school meals for their daily nutrition. The school system is providing students with a “grab and go” food service.

Starting Tuesday, March 17, HCPS said they will be giving free “grab and go” meals — lunch and breakfast — on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Food distribution is open to all students, regardless of what school they attend, as well as others under age 18,” HCPS said in a release. “Adults must be accompanied by each child under 18 who needs a meal.”

Students can pick up their meal from 11 a.m. to noon. at any of the following locations:

Caroline County

Caroline County Public Schools says they will provide “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch meals on Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 27.

  • Bowling Green E.S., Lewis and Clark E.S., Madison E.S., and Caroline M.S. will serve as meal sites.
  • Any Caroline County child 18 and under is eligible for “Grab and Go” meals.
  • Meals will be prepared by the CCPS Food Services Department and served curbside from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • The parent/guardian (or alternate driver) must pull up to any of the four distribution sites to receive breakfast and lunch items for that day. Please note, the child(ren) must be in the vehicle to receive any meals.


Hopewell Public Schools will be giving students free meals starting Monday, March 16. Breakfast will be served from 8:30-9:30 am and lunch from 11:30 am -1:00 pm.

“Being mindful of social distancing these meals will be grab and go,” the school system said. After Monday, Hopewell schools will start using the Blue Devil Express Food Truck.

Powhatan County

The Powhatan District will be offering breakfast and lunch for pickup in the bus loops at both Powhatan Middle School and Powhatan High School.

Four days of meals may be picked up on March 17th and five days of meals will be available on Monday, March 23rd. All PCPS students 18 years or younger, and special needs students under age 21, are eligible to receive free meals.

  • Tuesday, March 17th, 8:00 am-10:00 am – Bus Loops at Powhatan High School and Powhatan Middle School
  • Monday, March 23rd 8:00 am-10:00am – Bus Loops at Powhatan High School and Powhatan Middle School

If you know where a student can get a meal for free during the coronavirus school shutdown, email news@wric.com


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