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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Baltimore Schools Providing Free Meals for Students While Schools are Closed

African American students eating school lunch

Baltimore, MD — As school closures have been in effect in efforts to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, Baltimore City Public Schools has decided to continue providing free meals to students in need. The city will operate an emergency food service program with at least 8 sites.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, along with the State Department of Education, announced that public schools in Maryland will be closed two weeks starting Monday. Schools will re-open on March 30.

The closures will affect at least 100,000 students in the city and county schools in Baltimore who usually rely on free school meals.

Free breakfasts and lunches will be handed out to students from 10 AM to 2 PM every day from March 16 to 20 in strategically located schools which include:

  • Sandtown-Winchester Achievement Academy
  • Dorothy I. Height Elementary School
  • Alexander Hamilton Elementary School
  • The Historic Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle School
  • Yorkwood Elementary School
  • John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School
  • Arlington Elementary School
  • Beechfield Elementary/Middle School
  • Sinclair Lane Elementary School
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

The meals will be available to students ages 18 and under, as well as those 18 and older with disabilities. The meals will be in grab-and-go packages to be able to still observe social distancing to avoid the further spread of coronavirus.