Sumner County Schools is offering free “grab and go” meals to any school-age child who requests one.
The meals are funded through the federal free and reduced lunch program, and will be available Monday through Friday for any Sumner County student who is 18 years of age or younger while school is closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sumner County Schools will be closed at least until April 24.
Since the meals are federally funded, certain federal guidelines must be followed, according to Sumner County Spokesperson Jeremy Johnson. Local officials are asking if one of the requirements – that a child must be present to receive a meal – be relaxed during the COVID-19 outbreak.
“I think we have had some concerns about that, and we’re asking that they relax that requirement,” Johnson said. “So far we haven’t heard back.”
The meals are being distributed by school nutrition employees who are complying with CDC guidelines on social distancing by providing the meals in a drive-thru set up, Johnson added.
The bagged or boxed breakfast and lunch meals are available from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the following locations in Hendersonville, Gallatin, Portland, Westmoreland and White House:
*George Whitten Elementary School
*Hendersonville Church of Christ
*Gallatin High School
*Shafer Middle School
*Union STEM Elementary School
*Portland High School
*Clyde Riggs Elementary School
*Bethpage Elementary School
*North Sumner Elementary
*Westmoreland High School
*Millersville Elementary School
*White House High School