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Free Meals for Kids During Schools Closure

A woman with bagged lunches in a parking lot
Food distribution in the parking lot of a Chesterfield County School. (Photo: Ian Stewart/VPM)

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While schools are closed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, the closures have raised concerns that some students may not have enough food to eat. Many school districts, including Chesterfield County, are offering free meal pick ups this week, but there can be limitations on who they serve.

Chesterfield parent Monica Rudd picked up breakfast and lunch at Davis Elementary yesterday. The school has a drive-through operation distributing bagged meals to parents. Rudd was able to pick up pastries for breakfast and ham and cheese sandwiches with fruit for her three children.

“Well I have children that like to eat. So, I’m very grateful that they’re doing this for the children because it helps me out a lot," Rudd said.

The Chesterfield school district requires parents or guardians to bring their children in order to get the free to-go meals. In addition to about 40 schools, the county also has pick-up locations at some apartment complexes and mobile home communities. Officials told VPM that they distributed 2000 meals on their first day.

The Chesterfield Food Bank is also offering free meals for children at its Chester location on limited days. They are seeking volunteers and donations to fund the program.

This is a rapidly changing situation. We will update this incomplete list as we learn more. Readers are advised to visit your local school system's web page to ensure information is accurate.

Ian M. Stewart previously was the transportation reporter and fill-in anchor for VPM News.
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