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Free meals being offered to children this summer

Free meals are offered to students throughout the region all summer. (Source: file photo) Free meals are offered to students throughout the region all summer. (Source: file photo)
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Area schools are offering free meals to children 18 years old or younger.

On July 9, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney kicked off "No Kid Hungry Virginia" in the city. 

The Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities offers free meals to all kids at about 70 locations.

Several other Richmond organizations also serve meals throughout the area, including Richmond Public Schools and FeedMore.

For more information, families can sent a text with "FOOD" or "COMIDA" to 877-877 and type in a ZIP code. 

In other localities, meals offered at the Petersburg, Hanover and Chesterfield locations are open to all children. Henrico County Public Schools are open to all children at most locations. Parents or guardians must accompany children as Henrico locations. 

No paperwork or proof of income is required.

SITES AROUND PETERSBURG:

Serving breakfast and lunch Mondays through Fridays

  • Boys and Girls Club (816 E. Bank St., Petersburg, VA 23803) will serve breakfast 9:30-10:30 a.m. and lunch 12:30-1 p.m. June 18-Aug. 24.
  • YMCA at Blandford Academy (816 E. Bank St., Petersburg, VA 23803) will serve breakfast 8:15-8:45 a.m. and lunch 12:15-12:45 p.m. June 18-Aug. 24.
  • Alternative Counseling (17 Hollyhill Drive, Petersburg, VA 23805) will serve breakfast 8-9 a.m. and lunch noon-1 p.m. June 25-Aug. 24.

Serving breakfast and lunch Mondays through Thursdays

  • Greater Faith AME Zion Church (1301 Youngs Road, Petersburg, VA 23803) will serve breakfast at 9:30-10 a.m. and lunch at 1:15-1:45 p.m. July 9-Aug. 3.
  • Petersburg Parks and Recreation (51 Gibbons Ave., Petersburg, VA 23803) will serve breakfast at 9:30-10 a.m. and lunch at 1:15-1:45 p.m. June 25-Aug. 3.
  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church (228 Halifax St., Petersburg, VA 23803) will serve breakfast 10:15-10:45 a.m. and lunch 11:15-11:45 a.m. June 25-Aug. 3.
  • Shiloh Seventh-Day Adventist (310 W. South Blvd., Petersburg, VA 23805) will serve breakfast 10:15-10:45 a.m. and lunch 12:20-12:45 p.m. June 25-Aug. 18.
  • Vernon Johns Middle School (3101 Homestead Drive, Petersburg, VA 23805) will serve breakfast 8-8:30 a.m. and lunch 12:10-12:30 p.m. June 25-Aug. 3.
  • Walnut Hill Elementary School (300 W. South Blvd., Petersburg, VA 23805) will serve breakfast 8:15-8:45 a.m. and lunch 12:15-12:45 p.m. June 25-Aug. 10.
  • Westview Early Childhood Education Center (1100 Patterson St., Petersburg, VA 23803) will serve breakfast 8:15-8:45 a.m. and lunch 12:15-12:45 p.m. June 25-July 26.

Serving breakfast only Mondays through Thursdays

  • Agape (233 S. Adams St., Petersburg, VA 23803) will serve breakfast 9:30-10 a.m. June 25-Aug. 3.

Serving lunch only Mondays through Thursdays

  • Resources for Independent Living (1845 Fort Mahone St., Suite A, Petersburg, VA 23805) will serve lunch at 12:15-12:45 p.m. June 25-July 26.

All sites will be closed on July 4-5 due to the Fourth of July holiday. 

If you are unsure of which site is closest, text FOOD to 877-877, and a list of site and hours will be sent to you. 

SITES AROUND HENRICO COUNTY: 

Breakfast will be served from 7-9 a.m. and lunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Henrico locations. 

Recreation and Park Locations and Elementary School Locations

  • Adams ES (600 S. Laburnum Ave.) June 25 – Aug. 9
  • Arthur Ashe ES (1001 Cedar Fork Road) June 25 – Aug. 9
  • Fair Oaks ES (201 Jennings Road) June 25 – Aug. 9
  • Mehfoud ES (8320 Buffin Road) June 25 – Aug. 9
  • Montrose ES (2820 Williamsburg Road) June 25 – Aug. 9
  • Ridge ES (8910 Three Chopt Road) June 25 – Aug. 9
  • Trevvett ES (2300 Trevvett Road) June 25 – Aug. 9
  • Ward ES (3400 Darbytown Road) June 25 – Aug. 9

Recreation Center Locations

  • Confederate Hills Recreation Center (302 Lee Ave.) June 25 – Aug. 9
  • Dorey Recreation Center (2999 Darbytown Road) June 25 – Aug. 9
  • Eastern Henrico Recreation Center (1440 N. Laburnum Ave.) June 25 – Aug. 9
  • Elko Community and Recreation Center (6216 White Oak Road) June 25 – Aug. 9
  • Hidden Creek Community Center (2417 Brockway Lane) June 25 – Aug. 9

Elementary School Locations

  • Baker ES (6651 Willson Road) June 25-Aug. 9
  • Glen Lea ES (3909 Austin Ave.) June 25-Aug. 9 **Closed July 2-6**
  • Harvie ES (3401 Harvie Road) June 25-Aug. 9
  • Highland Springs ES (600 Pleasant St.) July 9-Aug. 2
  • Ratcliffe ES (2901 Thalen St.) July 9-Aug. 2
  • Sandston ES (7 Naglee Ave.) July 9-Aug. 2

Middle and High School Locations

  • Brookland MS (9200 Lydell Drive) June 25 – Aug. 9
  • CodeRVA Academy (1405 Cummings Drive) July 9 – Aug. 9
  • Elko MS (5901 Elko Road) June 25 – Aug. 9
  • Fairfield MS (5121 Nine Mile Road) June 25 – Aug. 2
  • Douglas S. Freeman HS (8701 Three Chopt Road) June 25 – Aug. 2
  • Hermitage HS (8301 Hungary Spring Road) June 25 – Aug. 9
  • Highland Springs HS (15 S. Oak Ave.) June 25 – Aug. 2
  • Moody MS (7800 Woodman Road) June 25 – Aug. 9
  • John Rolfe MS (6901 Messer Road) June 25 – Aug. 2
  • J.R. Tucker HS (2910 Parham Road) June 25 – Aug. 2
  • Varina HS (7053 Messer Road) June 25 – Aug. 2
  • L. Douglas Wilder MS (6900 Wilkinson Road) June 25 – Aug. 2 

***Closed Enrollment Location***

  • Echo Lake ES (5200 Francistown Road) July 9 – Aug. 2

All Henrico locations will be closed on July 4. 

HANOVER COUNTY LOCATION: 

For a limited time in July, Hanover County Public Schools will offer free lunch to any child 18 years old and younger. 

Mechanicsville Elementary School (7425 Mechanicsville Elementary Drive, Mechanicsville, VA 2311)

  • July 9-12, 12:15 p.m.—12:45 p.m.
  • July 16-19, 12:15 p.m.—12:45 p.m.
  • July 23-26, 12:15 p.m.—12:45 p.m.
  • July 30-31, 12:15 p.m.—12:45 p.m.

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY LOCATIONS. 

The Chesterfield County Public Library and Chesterfield County Public Schools are teaming up to provide free lunch to any child 18 years old or younger. The program runs from July 9 through August 2. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday at the following locations. 

  • Chester Library (11800 Centre Street, Chester, 23831)
  • Ettrick-Matoaca Library (4501 River Rd., South Chesterfield, 23803)
  • LaPrade Library (9000 Hull Street Rd., North Chesterfield, 23236)
  • Meadowdale Library (4301 Meadowdale Blvd., North Chesterfield, 23234)

Last year, more than 16,000 Chesterfield County Public School students qualified for the free meals program.

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