Rhode Island, Mass. schools offering free ‘grab and go’ lunches for students

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) ─ Due to the closure of schools across Rhode Island and Massachusetts, free “Grab and Go” meals will be available for students, especially since many children depend on them.

The kids are their own tickets to the meal, according to Aramark’s Renee Bramble.

“People just need to drive up with the kids in the car,” said Bramble, a school catering employee in Cranston. “As many kids as you have in the car, we will give you the meal to anyone 18 and under.”

Bramble said no one will be required to show proof of residency or an ID.

In East Providence, Superintendent Kathryn Crowley said that in her 44 years in education, this kind of shutdown and contingency plan is unprecedented.

“We’re doing this by trial and error, to be honest,” she said. “But the first concern is the safety of our children, and making sure that our families have food.”

Bramble said schools can’t give adults meals on behalf of a child. The child must be present to receive a meal.

Providence schools are switching to a distribution twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday food distribution will include three breakfast and three lunch packages. Friday food distribution will include four breakfast and four lunch packages.

Below is a list of all food sites available for school children in Rhode Island:

LOCATIONADDRESSDATETIMECITY/TOWN
Colt Andrews School 570 Hope St.Monday – Friday9 a.m. – 11a.m.Bristol
Central Falls High School24 Summer St.Monday – Friday Central Falls
The Learning Community21 Lincoln Ave.Monday – Friday Central Falls
Cranston High School East899 Park Ave.Monday – Friday11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.Cranston
Edgewood Highlands Elementary School160 Pawtuxet Ave.Monday – Friday11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.Cranston
George J. Peters Elementary School15 Mayberry St.Monday – Friday11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.Cranston
Gladstone Elementary School50 Gladstone St.Monday – Friday11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.Cranston
Hugh B. Bain Middle School135 Gansett Ave.Monday – Friday11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.Cranston
Park View Middle School25 Park View Blvd.Monday – Friday11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.Cranston
Carousel (Riverside)700 Bullocks Point Ave.Monday – Friday8:30 – 9 a.m.East Providence
Evergreen Apartments Entrance15 Evergreen Dr.Monday – Friday8:30 – 9 a.m.East Providence
Freedom Green Park (Rumford)North BroadwayMonday – Friday9:15 – 9:45 a.m.East Providence
Pierce Field Stadium Entrance201 Mercer St.Monday – Friday9:15 – 9:45 a.m.East Providence
J H Gaudet Middle School1113 Aquidneck Ave.Monday – Friday9 – 10:30 a.m.Middletown
Martin Luther King Center20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd.Monday – FridayNoon – 1 p.m.Newport
Pell Elementary School35 Dexter St.Monday – FridayNoon – 1 p.m.Newport
McGinn Park174 School St.Monday – Friday12:15 – 1:15 p.m.North Kingstown
Wilson ParkRoosevelt AveMonday – Friday11 a.m. – noonNorth Kingstown
Baldwin Elementary School50 Whitman St.Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.Pawtucket
Curtis Elementary School582 Benefit St.Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.Pawtucket
Fallon Elementary School62 Lincoln Ave.Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.Pawtucket
Goff Middle School974 Newport Ave.Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.Pawtucket
International Charter School334 Pleasant St.Monday – Friday8:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.Pawtucket
Jenks Middle School350 Division St.Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.Pawtucket
Shea High School485 East Ave.Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.Pawtucket
Slater Middle School281 Mineral Spring Ave.Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.Pawtucket
Tolman High School150 Exchange St.Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.Pawtucket
Allan Shawn Feinstein Elementary School1420 Broad St.Tuesday and Friday11 a.m. – 2 p.m.Providence
D’Abate Elementary School60 Kossuth St.Tuesday and Friday11 a.m. – 2 p.m.Providence
DelSesto Middle School152 Springfield St.Tuesday and Friday11 a.m. – 2 p.m.Providence
E-Cubed Academy812 Branch Ave.Tuesday and Friday11 a.m. – 2 p.m.Providence
Gilbert Stuart Middle School188 Princeton St.Tuesday and Friday11 a.m. – 2 p.m.Providence
Hope High School324 Hope St.Tuesday and Friday11 a.m. – 2 p.m.Providence
Juanita Sanchez High School182 Thurbers Ave.Tuesday and Friday11 a.m. – 2 p.m.Providence
Mt. Pleasant High School434 Mt. Pleasant Ave.Tuesday and Friday11 a.m. – 2 p.m.Providence
Nathanael Greene Middle School721 Chalkstone Ave.Tuesday and Friday11 a.m. – 2 p.m.Providence
Reservoir Avenue Elementary School156 Reservoir Ave.Tuesday and Friday11 a.m. – 2 p.m.Providence
Vartan Gregorian Elementary School455 Wickenden St.Tuesday and Friday11 a.m. – 2 p.m.Providence
Providence Career and Technical Academy41 Fricker St.Tuesday and Friday11 a.m. – 2 p.m.Providence
Times2 Academy50 Filmore St.Tuesday and Friday11 a.m. – 2 p.m.Providence
Webster Avenue Elementary191 Webster Ave.Tuesday and Friday11 a.m. – 2 p.m.Providence
Hope & Main 691 Main St.Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 11a.m. Warren
Kickemuit Middle School 525 Child St.Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 11a.m. Warren
Toll Gate High School 575 Centerville Rd.Monday – Friday11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.Warwick
Pilgrim High School 111 Pilgrim Pkwy.Monday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Warwick
Oakland Beach Elementary School 383 Oakland Beach Ave.Monday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Warwick
Citizens Memorial Elementary School250 Winthrop St.Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.Woonsocket
Hamlet Middle School60 Florence Dr.Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.Woonsocket
Kevin K. Coleman Elementary School96 2nd Ave.Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.Woonsocket

New sites may be added, so keep checking back for updates.

Below is a list of all food sites available for school children in Southeastern Massachusetts:

  • The King Philip School District (Plainville, Wrentham, Norfolk), will host family food distributions on Monday and Thursday between 9-10 a.m. at the Jackson Elementary School in Plainville. The food is only available for the residents of three towns.
  • North Attleboro schools will operate a drive-through “grab and go” style meal service starting Tuesday on weekdays at Community School for all district students. Meals will be available from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served together for children under 18; no registration, ID, address or names are needed.
  • The North Attleboro YMCA will hold family food distributions from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 25 in the childcare building of its North Attleboro branch.
  • New Bedford food services will provide “grab and go” meals starting on Tuesday. Breakfast and lunch will be free to all students K-12 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students will be able to take one lunch and one breakfast at Gomes, Campbell, Carney, Hay-Mac, Lincoln Keith and Roosevelt MS.

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