Henrico County Public Schools’ “grab-and-go” meals distribution service will move to a summer schedule Monday, as will its mobile technology hubs and an information hotline designed to help families during HCPS’ closure for the coronavirus pandemic.

In an effort to increase efficiency and anticipate the needs of families, the grab-and-go service will shift some locations and reduce the number of sites from 15 to 14. The service will operate during the summer from Monday through Thursday, in accordance with HCPS’ traditional summer schedule.

In addition to the daily breakfasts and lunches, on Thursdays, students, parents and guardians can also pick up meals for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Distribution is on a first-come, first-served basis. Food distribution is open to all students, regardless of what school they attend, as well as others age 18 and under.

Summer meals distribution (beginning June 15)

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-noon

NOTE: HCPS facilities will be closed Thursday, July 2 for employees to observe Independence Day and closed Friday in accordance with our summer schedule. Students who take part in our summer meals service should plan to come Wednesday, July 1 and pick up additional meals for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Summer locations:

  • Brookland Middle School, 9200 Lydell Drive, Henrico, Va. 23228
  • Fairfield Middle School, 5121 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
  • Harvie Elementary School, 3401 Harvie Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
  • Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Va. 23228
  • Highland Springs Elementary School, 600 Pleasant St., Highland Springs, Va. 23075
  • Lakeside Elementary School, 6700 Cedar Croft St., Henrico, Va. 23228
  • Longan Elementary School, 9200 Mapleview Ave., Henrico, Va. 23294
  • Montrose Elementary School, 2820 Williamsburg Road, Henrico, Va. 23231
  • Quioccasin Middle School, 9400 Quioccasin Road, Henrico, Va. 23238
  • Ridge Elementary School, 8910 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Va. 23229
  • Sandston Elementary School, 7 Naglee Ave., Sandston, Va. 23150
  • Varina High School, 7053 Messer Road, Henrico, Va. 23231
  • Ward Elementary School, 3400 Darbytown Road, Henrico, Va. 23231
  • L. Douglas Wilder Middle School, 6900 Wilkinson Road, Henrico, Va. 23227

Many students depend on school meals as a crucial part of daily nutrition. Since launching the distribution service in March to address family nutrition needs during the closure, HCPS’ School Nutrition Services Department has packaged and distributed around 400,000 breakfasts and lunches. For more information about summer nutrition, contact Dana K. Whitney, director of HCPS’ Department of Nutrition Services, at 804-226-5555.

The mobile tech hubs that help HCPS students and families with laptop repairs and internet access will also move to summer hours beginning June 15. The hubs will be open at the same four sites, but with reduced hours and days.

Information about Pandemic-EBT cards (Updated May 19)

In addition to the “grab and go” meal distribution, HCPS is participating in a temporary food assistance plan designed to help families during the challenges of the current coronavirus pandemic. The program is for eligible families with students out of school because of closures like the one Henrico Schools is experiencing. The program is part of the federal “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” and is being implemented by the Virginia Department of Social Services and the Virginia Department of Education.

If you have a student or students eligible for free or reduced-price meals, you should receive assistance either in the form of pre-loaded “Pandemic-EBT” card (arriving by mail in the next 30-45 days), or — for families with a child who already receives SNAP benefits — through funds added to your existing SNAP card. The Pandemic-EBT card can be used for food items wherever SNAP benefits are accepted.

This benefit is designed to supplement existing food assistance and nutrition programs for low-income households during the pandemic. It doesn’t replace other meals programs operating during the closure, such as our “grab and go” meals, or upcoming summer meal programs. Families who receive the Pandemic-EBT card should also continue to participate in other food assistance programs.

The Pandemic-EBT card will be in the name of the child’s parent or guardian, as listed in HCPS records, and will need to be activated online, by phone or through the ConnectEBT app.

Maximum benefit amounts may vary. The funds will carry over from month to month, and unused funds will be removed after one year. Please keep the card in case more benefits become available.

Questions about the program? Attached is a list of FAQs (en espanol), as well as a flyer. You can also go to the website of the Virginia Department of Social Services, or call 804-726-7000.