Free School Meals

Free School Meals
Posted on 10/29/2020
News Article ImageNovember 10, 2020 Update:

Dear Families,

I'm writing this morning with a reminder and an update related to free school meals.

First, the reminder. We are continuing to serve meals at no charge to children 18 years old and under at all of our schools. This will continue through the rest of the school year. Five schools are serving as curbside distribution sites.

Second, the update. We are requesting that if you believe you would normally qualify for free or reduced meals, please apply as you would in a normal school year. Qualifications can be found at this page. A new online version of the application can be found here. The online application is available 24/7. Here are printable versions in English and Spanish.

Again, school meals are free through the end of the school year and we encourage families to take part in our food service programs (school menus can be found here). Submitting an application now is a proactive step to ensure there is no interruption in meal service, to support our food services team, and our school division.

Thank you,

Patrick McCarty, Director of Food Services

Original Message:

Hanover County Public Schools is serving meals for free to children 18 years old and under through the end of the 2020-21 school year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced announced in October that it has extended flexibility initially granted in August that allows for meals to be served to our students, both in-person and virtual, at no charge. Meals are available at all 25 schools, with curbside distribution at five schools.

Families can still add funds to their MySchoolBucks accounts for à la carte items. You can view school menus through Nutrislice here.

Here are the locations where free meals will be served in person, with an * designating the school as a curbside pickup location from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays:

- Atlee High School, 9414 Atlee Station Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116
- *Battlefield Park Elementary School, 5501 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville, VA 23111
- *Beaverdam Elementary School, 15485 Beaverdam School Road, Beaverdam, VA 23015
- Bell Creek Middle School, 8021 Lee-Davis Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111
- Chickahominy Middle School, 9450 Atlee Station Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116
- Cold Harbor Elementary School, 6740 Cold Harbor Road Mechanicsville VA 23111
- Cool Spring Elementary School, 9964 Honey Meadows Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116
- Elmont Elementary School, 12007 Cedar Lane, Ashland, VA 23005
- Hanover High School, 10307 Chamberlayne Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116
- Henry Clay Elementary School, 310 S James Street, Ashland, VA 23005
- *John M. Gandy Elementary School, 201 Archie Cannon Drive, Ashland, VA 23005
- Kersey Creek Elementary School, 10004 Learning Lane, Mechanicsville, VA 23116
- Laurel Meadow Elementary School, 8248 Lee-Davis Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111
- Liberty Middle School, 13496 Liberty School Road, Ashland, VA 23005
- *Mechanicsville Elementary School, 7425 Mechanicsville Elementary Drive, Mechanicsville, VA 23111
- Mechanicsville High School, 7052 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville, VA 23111
- Oak Knoll Middle School, 10295 Chamberlayne Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116
- Patrick Henry High School, 12449 W. Patrick Henry Road, Ashland, VA 23005
- Pearson's Corner Elementary School, 8290 New Ashcake Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116
- Pole Green Elementary School, 8993 Pole Green Park Lane, Mechanicsville, VA 23116
- Rural Point Elementary School, 7161 Studley Road, Mechanicsville VA 23116
- *South Anna Elementary School, 13122 Walton's Tavern Road, Montpelier, VA 23192
- The Georgetown School, 10000 Learning Lane, Mechanicsville VA 23116
- The Hanover Center for Trades & Technology, 10002 Learning Lane, Mechanicsville, VA 23116
- Washington-Henry Elementary School, 9025 Washington Henry Drive, Mechanicsville, VA 23116

More information on curbside pickup can be found here.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email:

Hanover County Public Schools is an equal opportunity provider.
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