The threat of Covid-19 has caused an abrupt change to family routines because of work and school closures in the Tennessee Valley. For many families who rely on school meals for their kids, this sudden change in plans has also caused extra financial stress as parents and caregivers scramble to feed growing kids during the hours they are normally at school.
Fortunately, there are community resources in place to help alleviate the stress of food insecurity.
Kids’ Breakfast and Lunch Options
Hamilton County Schools announced that several of their locations will host breakfast and lunch drive-through pick ups each week day beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Cold meals will be provided for children ages 0 - 18. Parents and guardians do not need to show proof of income or enrollment to qualify. Children do need to be present at the time of pick-up, however.
Find out more here.
The YMCA is distributing cold breakfast and lunches at these locations while supplies last:
Northside Neighborhood House Coffee Community Collective, 10161 Dayton Pike, Soddy Daisy.
Northside Neighborhood House, 211 Minor Street, Chattanooga 37405.
Some local restaurants are offering free kid meals, as well.
New York Pizza Department, 5731 HWY 153, Ste B, Hixson 37343.
Wine Down, 9431 Bradmore Lane, Ooltewah, 37363.
Family Food Boxes | Hamilton County
First Baptist Church, Soddy Daisy, 37379. Available on Wednesdays.
Call 423-332-2814.Grace Food Bank, Calvary Chapel Hixson. Available Fridays.
Northside Neighborhood House, North Chattanooga location. By appointment only.
Red Bank Food Pantry, Red Bank United Methodist Church. Drive through Thursday, May 19, 5:00-7:00 pm.
Soddy Daisy Food Bank, 11370 Backvalley Road, Soddy Daisy 37379. Mondays 3:30 - 5:15, Thursdays 9:00 - 10:45. For residents of northern Hamilton County.
Chattanooga Area Food Bank, 2009 Curtain Pole Road, Chattanooga, 37406.
Family Food Boxes | Sequatchie County
The Vine, Friendship Baptist Church, March 18-25. One box per family, per week.
For additional information and services, Dial 2-1-1 for resources regarding food insecurity, housing, childcare, and transportation.
CONTENT PROVIDED BY: Rachel Green