School Board Issues Changes for Child Meal Distribution

Thursday, April 9, 2020 the Jefferson County Board of Education met in special called session and unanimously voted to continue the meal distribution for children during the school building closure associated with the Covid-19 outbreak in the State of Tennessee. This follows Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order 22.

Over the last three weeks, children ages 18 and under were provided carry-out meals at six sites throughout the county. Over 22,000 children were provided in excess of 108,000 meals.

NOTICE – No Meal Distribution Tuesday, April 14, 2020


  • Meals Provided Daily – Monday Through Friday – 10:00 AM – 12 Noon
  • All Schools Serve as Distribution Sites (Except JCHS Main & Jefferson Academy)
  • Children Will Receive One (1) Breakfast and One (1) Lunch Each Day

The changes being implemented are intended to lighten the load of all the workers that will be involved and to help follow the guidance of the CDC and health department by lowering the total number of workers at each meal distribution site.

Parents are encouraged to pick up meals where the child attends school. In the event multiple children live in a household, please visit the school closest to your home.

This plan will coincide with the closure of school buildings. Currently, school buildings remain closed through Friday, April 24, 2020. If the school building closure is extended, the updated plan will be re-evaluated for the school board meeting on May 7, 2020.

Thank you to all those that have been involved in the meal distributions thus far, and to all those that will be helping to feed the children of the communities over the next several days. The district will make every effort to see that enough meals are available at each site and adjustments will be made as necessary.

Jefferson County Schools will continue to work to meet the needs of the whole child during this pandemic. As academic and nutritional needs of children are met, the safety of the children, employees, and volunteers remains of utmost importance to the school board and my office.

Source: Shane Johnston, Director of Jefferson County Schools