District serving meals during closure

The Cheatham County School District will be offering free student meals due to our COVID-19 closure beginning April 7.

Breakfasts and lunches will be distributed via a “drive-through” system at one school in each cluster:

Pegram Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School (see map; meals will be distributed at the school's side door across from the pavilion as you go through the car-rider line)

Ashland City Elementary School (see map; meals will be distributed by the cafeteria and library next to Riverside Academy)

East Cheatham Elementary School (see map; meals will be distributed behind the school at the cafeteria entrance).

In an effort to ensure we have enough meals for all children who may attend our meal pick-ups next week during this national emergency, we are asking our families to visit https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/9040d4ca4a628aafa7-cheatham  to let us know what location you will be attending and how many meals you will need.

Thank you for helping us in advance to know how many children to expect so that we can be sure all children receive meals.

The meals will be distributed on Tuesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Families can pick-up meals at any location.

Due to the Good Friday holiday on Friday, April 10, we will NOT be serving meals that day. However, meals will be served on Thursday, April 9 for the first week only.

The district will resume the Tuesday and Friday schedule the following week (the week of April 12).

The meals are for any child through 18 years whether they are a student of the Cheatham County School District or not.

The child receiving the meal MUST be present (in vehicle) for the pick-up, and meals cannot be consumed on site, per USDA regulations.

Families will not enter the school building for pick-up. Please stay in your vehicle and meals will be passed through to the driver based on the number of children in the vehicle.

On Tuesdays, children will receive three breakfast meals and three lunch meals. On Fridays, children will receive four breakfast meals and four lunch meals. All meals will exceed USDA nutritional requirements.

We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reduction the risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed, continue to wash your hands often, sneeze or cough into a tissue and stay home if you are sick.

The meal program will continue through the school closure for COVID-19 or until further notice.

For more information, email School Nutrition Supervisor Tracy Hopkins.
What to know about meal pick-up

While you should always take precaution when venturing out, please know that we are following every safety protocol and best practices for social distancing at meal sites to combat the spread of disease.

All meals are served in a grab and go format, with curbside pickup, to limit social interactions. Curbside pickup is an easy process:

• Pull up to the designated locations

• Roll down your window and tell the nutrition staff how many children you need meals for

• Pop your trunk if you can and staff will place the corresponding number of meals in your trunk. If you do not have a separate trunk on your vehicle (mini-vans, trucks, etc.), staff will place the corresponding number of meals a cart and step back. You can then grab your meals.

This process ensures we follow the recommended social distance and ensure the safety of all.