On Monday, the Blount County Board of Education announced a new partnership with Baylor University to implement an emergency meal program for eligible households in their district.
Emergency Meals-to-You (eMTY) provides weekday breakfasts and lunches to students who were receiving those meals through the National School Lunch Program at a free or reduced price, but are no longer receiving those meals due to emergency school closures.
To qualify for eMTY, students must not only receive free and reduced-priced meals, but also attend a school with a student population that has 50 percent or higher free and reduced lunch status. Qualifying Blount County schools are Appalachian, Blountsville Elementary, J.B. Pennington High School, Cleveland, Locust Fork, Southeastern, and Susan Moore.
Eligible families will receive 20 meals delivered directly to their doorsteps every two weeks through June 30. In order to serve younger family members that are not yet in school, if one child in the household is eligible, all children ages 1-18 living in the home can participate.
Each eMTY box contains shelf-stable components for 10 breakfasts and 10 lunches. Sample items include:
• Protein: milk, chicken salad, hummus, beef stick, bean dip, cheese, sunflower kernels
• Whole grains: tortilla chips, corn chips, crackers, oatmeal bars, cereal
• Vegetables: salsa cup, marinara cup, 100 percent vegetable juice
• Fruit: applesauce, raisins, craisins, fruit cup, 100 percent fruit juice.
School officials encourage parents of children who receive free and reduced-price meals and attend one of the schools listed to apply. Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 8.
Go to www.MealsToYou.org and select the Emergency Meals-To-You option. Be sure to include all children in your household ages 1 to 18.
Providing meals to students has been a top priority for the school systems since the state announced the shift to distance learning in March.
Last Friday was no different as the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, Locust Fork High School, and the Blount County Education Foundation sent groceries home with 200 families through their mobile pantry.
If you have questions regarding eMTY, call Megan Pass, Child Nutrition Program Director with Blount County Schools, at 205-775-1654.