Free summer feeding sites for children in Eastern Virginia

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List of summer feeding programs in Hampton Roads

Trays of food at a school cafeteria. (KOIN)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — While the country is gradually emerging from the coronavirus pandemic, food insecurity is still a very real problem for some families.

In Eastern Virginia, some school divisions and local groups are stepping up to the plate to ensure children are fed all summer long.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) created an interactive map to help you find a convenient location nationwide.


In addition, eligible households will begin receiving P-EBT benefits on June 25, 2021, which will cover the months of October through December. Additional benefits will be issued on July 12, 2021 for the months of January through March and on July 25, 2021 for the months of April through June. Go to this link to find out if your student is eligible.


Here’s a running list of available summer feeding programs in our region.

Regional programs

The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore is serving free meals after school for children from June 14 to Sept. 4, 2021 at various locations. Meals will be provided, on a first come, first serve basis, at the participating sites.

Chesapeake

Starting June 28, Chesapeake Public Schools will be distributing meals at various sites and times.

See below for more information or click here for a Spanish version of the flyer.

Hampton

Hampton City Schools is offering free meals for anyone 18 and younger until Sept. 3.

There are six sites in the city.

See below for more information.

Isle of Wight

IWCS will distribute free meals to all students over the summer on Mondays through August 23 at George Tyler Middle School, Smithfield High School and Carrsville Elementary from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Parents will receive five days worth of breakfasts and lunches for each child.

Newport News

The NNPS Child Nutrition Services Department will provide meals-to-go for all students 18 and under this summer. Curbside meals-to-go are available at the following school locations Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.:

Carver Elementary School, 6160 Jefferson Avenue
Charles Elementary School, 701 Menchville Road
Deer Park Elementary School, 11541 Jefferson Avenue
Greenwood Elementary School, 13460 Woodside Lane
Yates Elementary, 73 Maxwell Lane
Newport News Public Schools is also offering mobile meals-to-go service 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Families should look for the familiar yellow bus at the following locations:

Doris Miller Community Center, 2814 Wickham Avenue
Marshall Courts Recreation Center, 3301 Marshall Avenue
Hogan Drive, Commercial Place behind WaWa
Lee’s Mill Community, Corner of Lee’s Mill Drive and Charles Street

Click here for any updates.

Norfolk

The Norfolk Public Schools (NPS) summer meals program is free and open to all children 18 and under. Select locations started serving summer meals on Monday, June 21, 2021.

The summer meals program spans beyond schools to various recreation centers, camps, community centers, and libraries across Norfolk.

No enrollment necessary; simply show up to a feeding site during serving times. Text ‘FOOD’ to 877-877 to find a location near you.

CLICK HERE for complete details, including a list of locations and times.

Norfolk Public Library and Norfolk Public Schools’ Nutrition Department are partnering to serve free meals from June 28 to Aug. 27 for children ages 2-17.

The children may visit an open library branch between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to pick up lunch and a free book.

Portsmouth

Information from the USDA Summer Meals site:

  • Cavalier Manor Recreation Center – 404 Viking Street
    6/28/21– 8/20/21 Monday–Friday
    Breakfast 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. | Lunch 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Churchland Elementary–Summer RAYS –5601 Michael Lane
    6/28/21– 8/20/21 Monday–Friday
    Breakfast 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  | Lunch 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  •  Cradock Recreation Center – 308 Allen Road
    6/28/21– 8/20/21 Monday–Friday
    Breakfast 8:30 a.m.  – 9:30 a.m. | Lunch 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Dales Homes – 1729 Columbus Avenue
    7/06/21 – 8/27/21 Monday–Friday
    Breakfast/Lunch 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Douglass Park Elementary–21 Century – 34 Grand Street
    7/12/21 – 7/30/21 Monday–Friday
    Breakfast/Lunch 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Foundation Stone–Hope Village – 611 6th Street
    7/06/21 – 8/27/21 Monday–Friday
    Breakfast/Lunch 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  •  Hamilton Place –1036 Patriot Way
    7/06/21 – 8/27/21 Monday–Friday
    Breakfast/Lunch 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Joseph E. Parker Recreation Center – 2430 Turnpike Road
    6/28/21– 8/20/21 Monday–Friday
    Breakfast/Lunch 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • John Tyler–Summer RAYS —3649 Hartford Street
    6/28/21– 8/20/21 Monday–Friday
    Breakfast 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. | Lunch 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Marriner Christian Academy–Grove Baptist – 6006 Churchland Boulevard
    6/28/21– 9/01/21 Monday–Friday
    Breakfast 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. | Lunch 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Neighborhood Facility Recreation Center – 900 Elm Avenue
    6/28/21– 8/20/21 Monday–Friday
    Breakfast 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. | Lunch 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Park View Elementary–21st Century –260 Elm Avenue
    7/06/21 – 7/30/21 Monday–Friday
    Breakfast 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | Lunch 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Seaboard Square –2847 Berkley Avenue
    7/06/21 – 8/27/21 Monday–Friday
    Breakfast/Lunch 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Saint Mark Deliverance Center –3801 Turnpike Road
    8/04/21 – 8/05/21 Wednesday–Thursday
    Supper ONLY 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
  • Swanson Homes– 1746 South Street
    7/06/21 – 8/27/21 Monday–Friday
    Breakfast/Lunch 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
  •  Urban Outreach–Hope Charitable Services –3516 Winchester Drive
    7/06/21– 8/21/21 Monday–Friday
    Breakfast 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Lunch 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Woodrow Wilson–Football –1401 Elmhurst Lane
    7/12/21 – 8/20/21– Monday–Friday
    Supper ONLY 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
  • W. E. Waters Middle –600 Roosevelt Boulevard
    8/16/21– 8/26/21 Monday–Thursday
    Breakfast 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. | Lunch 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Zion Baptist Church –225 Hatton Street
    6/28/21– 8/27/21 Monday–Friday
    Lunch ONLY 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Suffolk

Information from the USDA Summer Meals site:

  • June 21 – Aug. 20, 2021 Suffolk Boys & Girls Club, John F. Kennedy Middle School, 2325 East Washington Street. 757-562-8788
    • 8-9:30 a.m. Breakfast
    • 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch
  • June 18 – June 20, 2021 Youth of America, 107 Division Street, Suffolk, 757-995-3357
    • 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Breakfast and Lunch – Grab & Go, Fridays (three breakfasts and three lunches)

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will resume serving Summer Food Service Program meals at no charge to all children at select VBCPS schools, starting on June 28, 2021.

Breakfast and lunch meals will be available to children 18 and under, whether they are enrolled in a face-to-face summer program or picking up meals through the drive by/pickup model. Meal pick up service will be provided between 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Monday – Thursday. There will be no meal service on Friday. Thursday’s curbside pick-up bag will contain breakfast and lunch meals for Friday – Sunday.

Independence Day Holiday Meal Pick-Up
All schools and administrative offices will be closed on Monday, July 5, 2021 in observance of 4th of July holiday. Therefore, Thursday, July 1st curbside grab-n-go meal bag will contain breakfast and lunch meals for Friday – Monday.

The following school sites will provide face-to-face summer program feeding and grab-n-go curbside summer meals pick-up service:

Alanton ES
Arrowhead ES
Bayside 6th Grade Campus
Bayside ES
Birdneck ES
Brandon MS
Brookwood ES
College Park ES
Cooke ES
Corp. Landing MS
Diamond Springs ES
Fairfield ES
Floyd E. Kellam HS
Frank W. Cox HS
Hermitage ES
Holland ES
Kempsville Meadows ES
Landstown ES
Linkhorn ES
Luxford ES
Lynnhaven ES
Malibu ES
Parkway ES
Pembroke ES
Pembroke Meadows ES
Point’O View ES
Providence ES
Rosemont ES
Rosemont Forest ES
Shelton Park ES
Tallwood ES
Thalia ES
White Oaks ES
Williams ES
Windsor Woods ES
Woodstock ES

Schools follow CDC and VDH meal safety and social distancing practices/guidelines based on individual school service plans. Meals are bagged and consist of a fully reimbursable breakfast and lunch.

Each site has signage to clearly identify the pick-up location. We will keep you updated should the Food Service Program change.


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