The line started this morning outside of Juniata Park Academy at 9:00 am as parents arrived to receive 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches for each of their children. Due to school closures, certain schools have been designated as Meal Sites and on Monday, March 23, the city began rolling out the new plan to provide children ages 18 and under with breakfast and lunch.
This morning’s line was quick and orderly. Parents stood outside of Juniata Park Academy with each person practicing ‘social distancing’ as they waited for their turn to enter the school for pick-up. This is not just for students that attend the school — Sites are open for all children and no ID is required. Any student from any school can pick up 6 meals per visit.
Councilmember Maria Quinones Sanchez has been promoting the sites, and is urging people to call the Multilingual Hotlines if information is needed, Monday-Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 am. The English Hotline is 215-400-5300 and Spanish is 215-400-8489. Here are some sites in our neighborhoods:
- Kensington – Conwell, Kensington CAPA, Hackett, Hunter, Webster
- Fairhill – Roberto Clemente, Cramp, Julia De Burgos, Munoz Marin, Edison
- Juniata – Juniata Park Academy
- Feltonville – Barton Elementary
- Frankford – Frankford High School, Harding, Ziegler
All of these District-Run sites will be open Monday and Thursday from 9am-12pm, and each child will be able to pick up 6 meals per day (3 breakfasts and 3 lunches).