Free meal distribution continues in Kingsport

Rick Wagner • Apr 4, 2020 at 2:00 PM

KINGSPORT — Free meal distributions to all children 18 or younger continued at Kingsport City Schools and via school bus delivery Friday, including to a mother and two children who rode their bikes in for the pickup.

Jamie Williams and her children, Johnson kindergarten student Porter and fifth-grader Milly, picked up breakfast and lunch for the two youngsters at about 11:15 a.m. Friday. Fifteen minutes later, more than 80 breakfasts and lunches were distributed at the drive-by, walk-by and bike-by tent at the front of the school. The sites at 11 city schools are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the distribution of the meals, open to all children younger than 19 regardless of residency or enrollment status.

Buses also delivered meals throughout the district, one breakfast and one lunch per student. For the day, the system distributed 6,416 meals and for the week 27,267 meals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees and authorizes the program, operating in systems throughout the region.

Johnson instructional assistants Tanja Moody and Dana Moock distributed meals, which in most cases were handed to vehicle drive-through families on a large baking sheet. Since Good Friday is not a regular school day, Assistant Superintendent of Schools Andy True said that on Thursday, April 9, the system would give out two breakfasts and two lunches for each student.

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