Updated list and schedule of meal sites open for youth

With schools in the city closed until March 27, the School District and City of Philadelphia are offering meal service to students.

PHOTO: CITY OF PHILADELPHIA

In light of citywide schools closures until March 27, the city, School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Housing Authority and several charter schools have created a new list of schools and community sites that are distribution points for student meals.

These additions also come with changes to the days in which meals will be available for distribution.

School meal sites and schedules changes are effective Monday, March 23. In addition, Department of Parks and Recreation sites are no longer distributing student meals.

All meal sites will continue to be open from 9 a.m. until noon.

School district sites (49 total) will be open Mondays and Thursdays only. Families can pick up three grab-and-go bags per student/child on these days.

School district sites will continue to make available the K-12 Learning Guides, optional resources to help reduce learning regression while students are out of school due to efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 throughout the Philadelphia region.

Charter school sites (25 total) are also open from 9 a.m. until noon. Families are encouraged to check the charter schools websites for days of meal distribution.

Six Philadelphia Housing Authority community centers are also open from 9 a.m. until noon. None of those sites are in the River Wards.

The following local schools are distributing meals:

• Horatio B. Hackett, 2161 E. York St.

• John H. Webster, 3600 Frankford Ave.

“We realize the important role the district plays in keeping the safety net intact for our students and we will continue to encourage families to visit these meal distribution sites,” said Superintendent William Hite. “We are also ensuring that our Learning Guides will be available at each school site because we remain committed to supporting our families during this difficult time and urge them to take advantage of any and all resources provided throughout the city.”

Dr. Thomas Farley, commissioner of the city Department of Public Health, on Saturday announced that there have been 85 confirmed cases on the coronavirus in Philadelphia. ••