Madison County Food Services will start operating on new hours for food delivery the week of March 23.
Scott Anderson, Madison County Schools food service director, said starting that week, the buses delivering food to homes will be going out on Mondays and Wednesdays. In order for families to get food delivered starting Monday, they need to register for their meals by noon on Thursday. The form can be found at https://bit.ly/2xHfdjZ.
Despite these changes, Madison County Food Services, with help from Berea Community Schools and Berea Kids Eat, is making sure Madison County students stay fed during the extended break. MCFS estimated around 7,000 children were fed on Tuesday.
The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence recently held a COVID-19 impact on education discussion, which helped bring to light the idea that what Madison County is doing for their students is important.
Brigitte Blom Ramsey, of Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, said at least 64,000 schools nationally have made the decision to close for the COVID-19 crisis. This has effected at least 32.5 million public school students. She noted at least 60% of America's students are economically disadvantaged and receive free or reduced lunch.
"Schools are a direct lifeline for those (food insecure) students," Kate McDonald, of Feeding Kentucky, said during the discussion. Kevin Brown, interim state education commissioner, said, with this information as of Monday, 882 schools had applied to provide breakfast and lunches to the students of their districts.
Madison County Schools and Berea Community Schools are no different. According to a news release sent out by Diane Hatchett, superintendent of Berea Independent Schools, 1,690 families were provided meals as well as 800 people who came to get meals on site at Berea Community Schools as of Tuesday. She commended the collaborative effort between Berea Community Schools, Berea Kids Eat and Madison County Schools.
"This is inspiring during this time of uncertainty," Hatchett said in the release. She noted Berea began to make deliveries on Wednesday in addition to on-site-pick-ups. Next week, they hope to include churches for evening opportunities for food service.
"I am honored to be a part of a tremendous community who truly cares about the health and safety of each individual. We look out for one another in Madison County. It is obvious that everyone wants to do whatever they can to make a difference. Teamwork makes the dream work," Hatchett said in the release.
Anyone younger than 19 is eligible. In order to receive food, call your youngest child's school and give them your address, phone number and number of meals needed. If you are picking up meals, go to the nearest location to you with no need to call.
Berea Community Schools will provide pickup at the school from noon to 2 p.m. in the car line Monday through Friday. Families in Berea can also meet the delivery bus from noon to 1 p.m. at Knight's Pharmacy on Glades Road, at the corner of Henry Street and Kiester Court, and Hope Estates on Farris Road. Or they can meet the bus from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at White House Clinics on Beaumont, Jefferson Street, Park or Silver Creek Rural Development on Miracle Drive.
Pickup sites for Madison County are:
• Shannon Johnson Elementary School, (859) 387-3400, which will also attend Foley High School students and Madison Southern High School for delivery.
• Shannon Johnson will be making breakfast 7:30 to 11 a.m. and dinner 2 to 6 p.m.
• Kingston Elementary School, (859) 625-6091, which will also serve Farristown Middle School and Silver Creek Elementary students.
• Kingston will be making breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
• Boonesborough Elementary School, (859) 387-8400, will also serve White Hall Elementary and Kit Carson Elementary students.
• Boonesborough will be making breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
• Madison Middle School, (859) 387-4200, which will also serve Madison Central High School and Daniel Boone Elementary students.
• Madison Middle will make breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
• Kirksville Elementary School, (859) 624-4582, which will attend Madison Kindergarten Academy and Bellevue students for delivery.
• Kirksville will be making breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
• B. Michael Caudill Middle School, (859) 625-6172, which will also serve Glenn Marshall Elementary School students for delivery.
• BMCMS will be making breakfast 7:30-11 a.m. and lunch 2 to 6 p.m.
• Waco Elementary School, (859) 387-3600, which will also serve Clark Moores Middle School students for delivery.
• Waco will be making breakfast 7:30-11 a.m. and dinner from 2 to 6 p.m.