This decision comes due to new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for essential workers to wear face masks while in the workplace and a lack of available face masks for FCS meal distribution volunteers.
Previously, meals were served on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays each week.
"Given the need to procure masks and the need to adjust to that new guidance, meal service was moved to a single day a week model this week; however, the total number of meals produced was still the same amount of meals produced [as usual]," Burke said during the meeting.
More than 67,000 meals were served April 15, which Burke said is higher than the average number of meals the district has served weekly since the adoption of the 21 locations in late March. To date, 233,920 meals have been served to the community, according to Burke.
Despite reducing the number of days for meal pickup, FCS will still be providing five days worth of breakfasts and lunches in the same Seamless Summer School model, meaning anyone age 18 and younger, FCS student or not, can pick up meals from one of the 21 distribution sites.
"In an effort to meet our nutritional needs of our community while also minimizing exposure of our employees and our community to the health concerns that are out there, we are moving to a single-day-a-week model going forward," Burke said during the meeting.
The next meal distribution day will be April 22 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the 21 sites, which can be found at www.fultonschools.org or on the map below. North Fulton sites are shown in blue, while south Fulton sites are shown in dark green.