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Norfolk Public Schools to provide free meals for every student for 2020-21 school year

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Posted at 6:10 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 07:54:30-04

NORFOLK, Va. – All students in the Norfolk Public Schools system will be guaranteed to have a nutritious meal for the upcoming school year.

The school district announced Friday it has received approval for all schools to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) as implemented under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

Students will be given a meal for breakfast and lunch every day - free of charge. Households will not be required to submit a meal application form to receive the meals. Each household will receive a letter informing them of the program, including contact information for any questions.

“Being able to provide free meals to all our students is an outstanding step toward ensuring equity and excellence for all,” said Superintendent Dr. Sharon I. Byrdsong. “Nutritious meals are critical to make sure every student is healthy and ready to learn every day.”

NPS has 34 sites offering "grab-n-go" meals for the first nine weeks of the school year, beginning on the first day of school on Tuesday, September 8.

Any student and/or parent/guardian may pick up breakfast, lunch, a snack and a hot supper Monday through Friday, free of charge, from 3-5 p.m. at the following sites:

Elementary schools

  • Bay View
  • Richard Bowling
  • Camp Allen
  • Chesterfield Academy
  • Coleman Place
  • Crossroads
  • Fairlawn
  • Ingleside
  • Jacox
  • Larchmont
  • Larrymore
  • Lindenwood
  • Little Creek Primary
  • Monroe
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanair
  • P.B. Young Sr.
  • Sewell’s Point
  • Sherwood Forest
  • Southside STEM Academy at Campostella
  • St. Helena
  • Suburban Park
  • Tanner’s Creek
  • Tarrallton
  • W.H. Taylor
  • Tidewater Park
  • Willard

Middle schools

  • Azalea Garden
  • Blair
  • Lake Taylor
  • Northside

High schools

  • Booker T. Washington
  • Granby
  • Norview High School

Portsmouth Public Schools is also providing students in its district with free breakfast and lunch for the school year.

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