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Meals to go: Area school divisions prepare to distribute extra food over the holiday weekend

School divisions in the Historic Triangle plan to give students and their families extra "Grab and Go" meals to last them the Thanksgiving holiday break. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of WJCC Schools)
School divisions in the Historic Triangle plan to give students and their families extra “Grab and Go” meals to last them the Thanksgiving holiday break. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of WJCC Schools)

School divisions in the Historic Triangle plan on giving away prepackaged meals for their students ahead of the holidays.

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, both Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools and the York County School Division have created meal plans with pick-up locations to distribute food.

Eileen Cox, spokeswoman for WJCC Schools, said the division will continue their program to give students and their families extra ‘Grab and Go’ meals for Thanksgiving break.

“They will be distributed on the same schedule,” she said.

Grab and Go meals for Thanksgiving week will be distributed at the following locations on Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

“Families can pick up meals to get them through to Monday, Nov. 30,” Cox added in an email. “If they pick up on Monday 11/23 or Tuesday 11/24, they have the option to pick up a meal for each day over Thanksgiving break (Wed-Fri.) and the weekend.”

“Grab and Go Meal sites will reopen Monday, Nov. 30,” she added.

In York County, the school division provides free meals to families with children younger than 18 every Monday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the following distribution sites:

  • Queens Lake Middle School – Bruton zone schools (MES, WMES, QLMS, BHS)
  • Grafton School Complex – Grafton zone schools (CES, DES, GBES, GMS, GHS)
  • Tabb High – Tabb zone schools (BMES, MVES, TES, TMS, THS)
  • York High – York zone schools (SES, YES, YMS, YHS,YRA)

They also deliver for families that cannot reach a distribution site.

On Mondays, families receive breakfast and lunch for three days, and on Thursdays they receive breakfast and lunch for four days.

They adjust the distribution dates for holidays, but still provide food for every day of the week during those holiday weeks.

YCSD spokeswoman Katherine Goff said for the week of Thanksgiving, families will be able to pick up meals for seven days. The food will be enough to last families through Nov. 30, when they can resume the distribution schedule.

For Winter Break, families will receive food for 14 days on Monday, Dec. 21. York County meal distribution will resume on Jan. 4.

They do not require pre-ordering, families are not required to take any action to participate, Goff said.

For more information visit the Return to School site which details the York County Food Services program.

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Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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