Metro Schools to Provide Meals at All Schools and Bus Stop Locations
Metro Schools will be providing meals at all school locations and through bus routes and stops starting on the first day of school, August 4, in order to meet the nutritional needs of students in the district.
“For some students, their meals at school are the only meals they will eat during the day, so we are greatly expanding our efforts to provide a nutritious, balanced diet for all students throughout Metro Schools,” said Dr. Adrienne Battle. “Our nutrition services and transportation teams will all be working when school resumes on August 4 to meet the needs of our students and remove any barriers to access.”
Following school closures in March, Metro Schools have provided more than 550,000 meals to students throughout Davidson County at 16 school and 41 bus stop locations through the Seamless Summer Options meal program, which will end this week. Meals will not be delivered by bus on Friday, July 31, but will be available at school locations for pickup. No meals will be available on Monday, August 3.
School-based meal service will begin Tuesday, August 4, at all MNPS schools, with pickup for grab-and-go meals between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day schools would normally be in session for students, which is August 4, 5, and 7 for the first week of school.
Meals will be delivered through bus routes and stops that would normally transport students to and from school. High school pickup times are generally between 10 – 11:00 a.m., Elementary between 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and Middle school between 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Routing information and times will be available through the Find My Bus website for families interested in picking up meals at school bus stops. Students who attend a choice or magnet school can pick up meals from their school, the school nearest them or their zoned school bus stop. They should arrive 5 minutes prior to the scheduled time.
To pick up meals from stand-alone distribution sites or bus stops, parents and/or students will need to provide the following information:
- Student name
- School of record
- Student grade level
- Student 190-number (Student ID)
- Student birth date
At MNPS, breakfast meals are available at no cost at all schools throughout the district. Lunch is no cost at the 86 Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools based on the economically disadvantaged levels of students assigned to those schools. Schools that are not on the CEP list require students to either pre-purchase meals online at https://www.myschoolbucks.com for $3.00 or sign up for the Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) program. For your convenience, applications are available at your school or online at https://www.mnps.org/nutrition and can be completed on a mobile device or personal computer.