Fulton County Schools meal distributions switch to one day per week going forward

Fulton County Schools will now be distributing meals one day per week as opposed to the previous three times per week; however, those in need will still receive five days worth of meals. (Screenshot via Microsoft Teams)
Fulton County Schools will now be distributing meals one day per week as opposed to the previous three times per week; however, those in need will still receive five days worth of meals. (Screenshot via Microsoft Teams)

Fulton County Schools will now be distributing meals one day per week as opposed to the previous three times per week; however, those in need will still receive five days worth of meals. (Screenshot via Microsoft Teams)

After testing out a one-day-per-week model for meal distributions April 15, Fulton County Schools officials decided to continue with this model for the rest of the year and potentially through summer school at all 21 distribution locations, Chief Operations Officer Patrick Burke said at the April 16 virtual FCS Board of Education work session.

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.

By Kara McIntyre
Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the reporter for north Houston's Tomball/Magnolia edition in September 2018, moving to Alpharetta in January 2020 after a promotion to be the editor of the Alpharetta/Milton edition, which is Community Impact's first market in Georgia.