For many children in Delaware, going to school ensures they'll get to eat that day.
When Gov. John Carney ordered schools to close for two weeks on Friday to help slow the spread of coronavirus in Delaware, making sure kids still had access to meals was a top concern for school leaders.
Starting this week, districts and other organizations will continue to provide Delaware kids with breakfasts and lunches during the closures.
The Delaware Department of Education also received a waiver from the federal government allowing school nutrition programs to continue providing meals even though schools are closed.
Here is a list of district-sponsored meal pick-up sites across the state. It also includes 12 Wilmington locations where the city will provide to children combination breakfast-and-lunch meals for pickup.
The News Journal will continue to update this list as more resources arise.
Appoquinimink: The district will offer grab-and-go lunch and breakfast until schools reopen. Meals can be picked up from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. starting Tuesday, March 17 at Louis L. Redding Middle School, 201 New St. in Middletown. Meals are available for students ages 1 to 18. Children do not need to attend Appoquinimink schools.
Brandywine: Starting Tuesday, students can receive lunch and breakfast for the next day at the front entrance of all Brandywine schools with the exception of Harlan Elementary School. Meals will be provided from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Harlan students will be served at P.S. duPont Middle School.
Brandywine is also coordinating Meals To Go to identify community hubs where students are able to pick up meals. Students who live near these hubs will receive a phone call with the delivery schedule and pickup location.
Caesar Rodney: Meals will be provided for two weeks starting Tuesday, March 17 to any Caesar Rodney students and children 18 years or younger. Meals will be provided at the following locations at times:
W. Reily Brown Elementary: 8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m
Brecknock County Park: 8:40 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. and 11:40 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
Dover Air Force Base Park: 9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.Allen Frear Elementary: 9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Colonial: A "Grab and Go" meal service will be available at William Penn High School and Southern Elementary School starting Tuesday. The sites will be open from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students do not need to be from the Colonial School District but must be 18 years old or younger.
The district will use school buses and nutrition service vans to deliver food to specific locations. The locations will be communicated to families through robocalls and the district's website.
Christina: Meals will be provided starting Tuesday at the main entrance of Bancroft Elementary School, Bayard School, Kirk Middle School, Shue-Medill Middle School and Leasure Elementary School. Meals will be provided from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Delmar: School-aged children can pick up bagged lunches every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Renovate Church, 800 E. East St, Delmar, Maryland. Donations will also be accepted on the same days from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Needed items include single-serve snack bags, brown paper bags, water bottles and juice boxes.
Indian River: The school district will provide meals free of charge to children 18 at under starting Wednesday, March 18 at the following locations and times:
Frankford Park parking lot, corner of Clayton Ave. and Hickory St., Frankford:
10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Old Dagsboro Fire Hall, 31818 Waples St., Dagsboro:
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Gumboro Community Center, 36849 Millsboro Hwy.,
Millsboro: 12:20 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.Selbyville Police Station, 1 Church St., Selbyville: 10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Fenwick Island Baptist Church, 36806 Lighthouse Rd.,
Selbyville: 11:45 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.
Millsboro Middle School (bus parking lot), 302 East State St.,
Millsboro: 10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Georgetown Elementary School (front entrance), 301-A West Market St.,Georgetown: 10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.
North Georgetown Elementary (bus parking lot), 664 North Bedford St., Georgetown: 10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Indian River Volunteer Fire Co. – Station 1, 32628 Oak Orchard Rd.,
Millsboro: 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Indian River Volunteer Fire Co. – Station 2, 25375 Banks Rd., Millsboro 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Laurel: The district will offer grab-and-go meals with lunch and breakfast beginning Wednesday, March 18. Meals can be picked up from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. every weekday for as long as school is closed. Students must be present and 18 or younger, but do not need to be Laurel student. Meals are available at Laurel Elementary School and North Laurel Early Learning Academy. The district is also working with the Food Bank of Delaware for weekend support.
Milford: Families can participate in a drive-thru grab-and-go meal service in front of Banneker Elementary, Mispillion Elementary and Morris Early Childhood Center from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each weekday beginning Wednesday, March 18. Meals are available for students under the age of 18. Families will receive a lunch for the day and a breakfast for the following day. Children must be present with their family to receive the meals.
New Castle County Vo-Tech: Meals will not be distributed at any district schools. but students 18 and under may be served at any site listed by any school district and on the Department of Education's website.
Red Clay: Families have two options for meals. They may pick up grab-and-go meals beginning Tuesday, March 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The district has not yet released locations. Meals will also be distributed throughout the district using bus routes beginning Wednesday, March 18. Locations and times will be shared with families soon.
Seaford: Meals will be served beginning Wednesday, March 18 to children 18 and younger at the following locations:
Clarence Street Church of God from
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Seaford District Library from 12:35 p.m. to 1:35 p.m.
Blades Park from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
St. John's UMC from 12:35 p.m. to 1:35 p.m.
Smyrna: In a letter to families, the school district said it will work on a plan to provide learning opportunities, meals and social services over the next two weeks in the event of an extended closure.
Woodbridge: On Monday, schools began offering grab and go meals for any student at locations across the district. Meals will be provided week days for all children under 18 at no charge at the following locations and times:
Woodbridge Early Childhood Education Center and Phillis Wheatley Elementary School from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Woodbridge Middle School and Walkers Mill from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Coverdale Community Center and Just a Hand Up from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Department of Education also has a list of meal sites on its website, which includes charter school locations.
City of Wilmington: Starting Tuesday, the city is offering combined breakfast-and-lunch grab and go meals to children and teenagers under the age of 18 at the following locations:
Ark Summer Camp, 534 Vandever Ave. from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Kingswood Community Center, 2300 Bowers St. from 12 p.m to 2 p.m.
LJ’s Playpen Academy, Inc., 2601 Carter St. from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Police Athletic League, 3707 N. Market St. from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ark South Learning Center, 601 S. Heald St. from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center, 1018 W. 6th St. from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center, 501 N. Madison St. from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Woodlawn Library, 2020 W. 9th St. from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Youth Empowerment, 1009 Sycamore St. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Brown Park, 7th and Duncan Streets from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Judy Johnson Park, 3rd and DuPont Streets from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
3rd and Connell Streets from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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