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School system mobilizes to make sure students are fed


Pictured: Connie Spooner, Katina Kirkland and Iron City Baptist Church Pastor David Williams distribute Grab and Go Meals at Iron City Baptist Church, one of eleven locations offering the weekday service.

If your child needs food and someone cannot go to one of the distribution sites, call (229) 309-1006 between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. 

With Seminole County schools closed until April 13 the focus has shifted from reading, writing and arithmetic to mobilizing staff and volunteers to distribute nutritious breakfasts and lunches to students who otherwise might not have food to eat. 

Last week, it was announced Seminole County Schools would be closed from March 16 through March 30, but Governor Brian Kemp ordered all Georgia school closed through March 31 in an attempt to stop the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

With Seminole County Schools already slated to be closed April 6-10 for Spring Break, the Seminole County Board of Education decided in a called meeting on Tuesday, March 17, that instead of reopening school only to close three days later, the school system would resume operations on April 13, unless otherwise directed by the Governor.

Under the leadership of School Superintendent Mark Earnest, school nutrition program director Ivey McLendon and David Williams of the Seminole County Ministerial Association, the school system has established eleven locations throughout the county where children can go to receive a free breakfast and lunch. 

“We realize in many instances there are children in our community who may not have nutritious meals to eat without them being provided by our school system. As long as our schools remain closed we will continue to do our best to provide all children with breakfast and lunch,” commented Superintendent Earnest.

The Seminole County School System began offering Grab and Go Meals – breakfast and lunch bags at eleven locations throughout Seminole County on Wednesday, March 18.

The meals are available on weekdays for all school students ages zero to 18.

Meals may be picked up via a drive through service at Seminole County Elementary School from 11 a.m.- until 12:30 p.m.

Meals may be picked up at the following locations from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.: First Baptist Church, located at 409 Woolfork Avenue in Donalsonville; Iron City Baptist Church,  located at 186 Williams Street, NE in Iron City; Live Oak AME Church, located at 402 Baldwin Street in Donalsonville; Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, located at 221 N. Dowling Avenue in Donalsonville; New Vision Christian Center, located at 708 S Wiley Ave, Donalsonville; Oakview Church of God, located at 3595 Oakview Church Post Rd, Rocky Ridge Baptist Church, located at 1288 GA Highway 39; Saint John’s AME Church, located at 5906 Saint Matthew/Saint John Church Road; Spring Creek Baptist, located at 2635 GA Highway 253 at Lake Seminole; and at Trinity United Methodist, located at 5996 Hebrew Highway.

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