School systems provide students with breakfast, lunch

Published 8:00 am Friday, March 20, 2020

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Even though schools were canceled, schools across Chambers County continued their lunch programs.

Eight elementary and middle schools handed out sacks of food that included lunch and breakfast for the next day.

Lunch for Thursday was made up of ham and cheese sandwiches, fruit, sun chips and a salad alongside a choice of different types of milk. Breakfast included grapes, granola, yogurt and orange juice.

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“We’re trying to make sure students are able to get the food they need,” Lanett Superintendent Jennifer Boyd said.

Alongside the lunches and breakfast in Lanett, students received a bag of snacks from Spring Road Christian Church.

Thursday was the first day of the free lunch program.

The Lanett City School system gave out 121 lunches. Two hundred meals were made. In Lanett, lunches are available to all children younger than 18-years-old. They do not need to be a student of a Lanett, but a child must be in the vehicle to receive a free meal. 

“These are still our kids, regardless of the circumstances. I love seeing them and serving our community. In Lanett, our most important resource is our children, so we always have to put our children first,” said Lanett girls’ basketball coach Charlie Williams.

The Chambers County school system served 606 meals on Thursday at six different schools. Hugley Elementary School served the most meals with 172.

“It’s for the kids,” Johvoski “JT” Dickey said.

Each of the schools had workers from the school system, including both Boyd and Chambers County School Superintendent Dr. Kelli Hodge and Williams.

Lunches will continue to be given out on Friday and will continue every weekday until Friday, March 27, unless it’s extended.

In LaFayette, Eastside Elementary, J P Powell Middle School and Five Points Elementary will be the designated pickup spots. Eastside will hold its pickup from 9 to10 a.m. CT. J P Powell will hold it’s pickup from 9:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. CT, while Five Points will hold its pickup from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. CT.

In Valley, LaFayette Lanier Elementary, Hugley Elementary and Fairfax Elementary will be the designated pickups. LaFayette Lanier will go first, running from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. EST. Fairfax will have pickups from 8:45 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. EST. Hugley will go from 9:20 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. EST.

Lanett will have pickups at W.O. Lance Elementary and Lanett High School/Lanett Junior High from 11 a.m. until noon. The pickup at the high school will be at the front entrance, while the pickup at W.O. Lance will be at the Pre-K entrance.