(WDAM) - School districts in the Pine Belt are helping families during the COVID-19 outbreak by giving out free meals to children.
While public schools are closed through April 17 after Gov. Tate Reeves’ Thursday executive order, schools will still be handing out meals to students by drive-thru.
Here is the list of school districts that will be taking part in the effort:
- Beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020, the Laurel School District will serve meals only two days a week. On Mondays, children will receive three days’ worth of meals and on Thursdays, children will receive two days’ worth of meals. The grab-and-go meals are available in drive-through fashion at the Laurel High School and Laurel Middle School car-rider lanes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meals are free for children 18 and under.
- The Hattiesburg Public School District will provide free grab and go meals for all children 18 and under starting Monday, March 23 from 10 a.m. - noon at all HPSD schools except for the Mary Bethune Alternative Center. Prices for adult breakfast are $2.25 and lunch is $3.75. Curbside pick-ups and walk-ups only.
- The Petal School District will offer free drive-thru pickup meals for students 18 years or younger at Petal Elementary School and Petal Middle School. Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at Petal Elementary and 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Petal Middle School. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Petal Elementary and 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Petal Middle School. Kids have to be present at pickup. For adults, breakfast is $2 and lunch is $3.
- The Columbia School District will begin offering free grab and go meals to children 18 years and younger on Monday, March 23 at Columbia High School and Columbia Primary School from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- The Forrest County School District will be providing free meals to children 18 and under starting March 25. Grab and go and home-delivered meals will be distributed on Mondays and Wednesdays. The delivery routes will start running at 10 a.m.
- The East Jasper School District is working on plans to provide food at this time.
- The Jones County School District will be serving drive-thru grab and go meals to children 18 and under starting on Monday, March 30. Meals will be distributed Mondays - Fridays at Northeast Highs School, South Jones High School and West Jones High School as children will each receive a lunch and breakfast at pick-up. Adult meals will be sold for $3.00 (exact change required). First responders in uniform, along with volunteers and JCSD personnel providing food services will eat free.
- The Wayne County School District will feed students at Wayne County High School from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- The Perry County School District will have grab-and-go meals available to all children 18 and under at Perry Central Middle School from 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.
- The Richton School District is providing drop off meals for enrolled students only. Call the school district office at 601-788-6581 to request delivery.
- The Covington County School District announced it’s canceling its feeding program that was scheduled to begin Monday, March 30.
We will update this list as more school districts announce plans.