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Meals Available During School Closures
Meals Available During School Closures
Posted on 03/16/2020
During this unprecedented school system closure, BCS Nutrition staff members are working tirelessly to ensure every child continues to receive nutritious meals.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

During this unprecedented school system closure, BCS Nutrition staff members are working tirelessly to ensure every child continues to receive nutritious meals.

Even though Virtual Days have not yet begun, cafeterias at several elementary and intermediate schools are serving “drive-thru” breakfast and lunch every weekday while school buildings remain closed. Bus drivers are delivering meals to population centers throughout the district, carrying with them Nutrition and support staff so the children see familiar faces.

It was a busy Monday morning at Oakley Elementary School, as BCS Nutrition staff from across the Reynolds District prepped, cooked, and bagged meals for delivery and for families that arrived by car. Similar scenes are playing out at other schools strategically chosen to cover the district.

“First and foremost, we’re doing everything we can to make sure the kids have something to eat,” said Connie Clark, cafeteria manager at A.C. Reynolds High School. “We’re ready for whoever comes. We have plenty of food, and I’m proud of how hard everyone is working here.”

Oakley Elementary Principal Dana Haney praised the quick mobilization of BCS Nutrition staff and bus drivers, as well as local organizations that are supporting their community schools.

“The teamwork here has made a huge impact here,” she said. “And our community partners have reached out to provide whatever our students need, whether it be food or clothing. They’re just there for us.”

FREE MEALS ARE AVAILABLE NOW!

Drive-thru breakfast (7:30-8:30 a.m.) and lunch (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) are available at the following schools for all children ages 2-18:

• Oakley Elementary
• Johnston Elementary
• Emma Elementary
• West Buncombe Elementary
• Woodfin Elementary
• Hominy Valley Elementary
• Pisgah Elementary
• Owen High School
• Black Mountain Primary
• Weaverville Elementary
• North Windy Ridge Intermediate
• Estes Elementary

Thanks to our community partners, we will also provide you with extra food boxes for the adults and elderly who live in your household, as they are available. Local restaurants and nonprofits also are providing other meal opportunities for families.

BCS CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

Our COVID-19 Response page is now live. Here you can find detailed information about protecting yourself and your family from exposure to the virus, as well as updates about BCS Virtual Days, childcare, meals, and community resources.

Thank you for your patience as we deal with this unfolding situation. #WeAreBCS

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