Henrico, Va. March 15, 2020 — While Henrico County Public Schools has closed its facilities to combat the spread of coronavirus, many students depend on school meals as a crucial part of daily nutrition. Henrico Schools is addressing this need with a plan to set up sites throughout Henrico County to distribute free school meals.

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, six sites will open to distribute free “grab and go” school meals. Packaged lunches and breakfasts will be available each school day on a first-come, first-served basis. Food distribution is open to all students, regardless of what school they attend, as well as others under age 18. Because of the urgency of the current situation, federal program requirements have been relaxed. Adults picking up meals no longer need to be accompanied by each child 18 and under needing a meal. 

Pick-up hours are scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon, but hours and locations may increase, depending on demand. 

The HCPS school nutrition staff will regularly assess student needs. Food availability and updates will be shared with HCPS families via the school division’s full slate of communication platforms, including www.henricoschools.us/covid19.

Five schools will operate as hubs for distribution, where food will be prepared, packaged and distributed to students. Meals will also be transported to Henrico Volunteer Rescue Squad 31 in Sandston, to be distributed. Locations may be expanded for the week of March 23-27, depending on demand. If the school closure period is extended past March 30, HCPS leaders will assess the status of the food distribution program.

Student meal distribution sites (Starting Tuesday, March 17, 11 a.m.-noon):

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices and employees and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992.
Submit your completed form or letter to the USDA by:

  • Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    Washington, DC 20250-9410
  • Fax: 202-690-7442; or 
  • Email: program.intake@usda.gov