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Feeding Students in Madison County During the COVID-19 School Break

Feeding Students in Madison County During the COVID-19 School Break

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When 32 percent of families in Alabama live below the living wage, they rely on school lunches during the week. During an extended school break, many of those students don’t have enough food at home. Here are the plans in place to feed students at Huntsville City Schools, Madison County Schools, and Madison City Schools during the COVID-19 school closures. We’ve also included some ways you can help local nonprofit agencies with providing assistance.

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

Huntsville City Schools

In order to continue to support the well-being of our students, Huntsville City Schools began providing free lunch service today from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at all school locations.

Beginning tomorrow, March 17th through Friday, March 27th, free lunch service will be offered at the following locations between 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Meals are available to youth ages 18 years or younger.

Participating School Sites
Lee High School – 2500 Meridian St., Huntsville, AL 35811
Lakewood Elem. – 3501 Kenwood Dr., Huntsville, AL 35810
Morris Elem/Middle – 4801 Bob Wallace Rd., Huntsville, AL 35805
Dawson Elem. – 5308 Mastin Lake Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810
Chaffee Elem. – 7900 Whittier Rd, Huntsville, AL 35802
Highlands Elem. – 2500 Barney Terrace, Huntsville, AL 35810
Sonnie Hereford Elem. – 2755 Wilson St., Huntsville, AL 35816
McDonnell Elem. – 4010 Binderton Pl., Huntsville, AL 35805

At each of these sites, the HCS Child Nutrition Program team will provide free Grab N’ Go lunches for all youth, ages 18 years and under. This program is offered at no cost to all youth in our community.

We like to think of this as a drive-thru meal service to make it convenient for our families. Walk-up participants are also welcomed. There will be a separate meal station for the walk up service.

Please be reminded that school buildings will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 17th through Friday, April 3rd.

Madison County Schools

Madison County School System students will have access to free lunch and breakfast Monday-Friday until April 3, including our scheduled Spring Break. Meals are available to youth ages 18 years or younger.

Beginning Monday, March 16th, 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., MCSS Child Nutrition Services will be distributing meals to students at six drive-thru locations. Cafeterias will not be open, this is “Grab-n-Go” service only. Each meal will contain one lunch and one breakfast for the following day. NOTE: Students must be in the vehicle to receive a meal.

Participating School Sites
Buckhorn Family- Riverton Elementary
Hazel Green Family- Hazel Green Elementary
Madison Co HS Family- Madison County Elementary
New Hope Family- New Hope Elementary
Sparkman Family- Harvest Elementary and Madison Cross Roads Elementary

Madison City Schools

Madison City Schools is offering food pickup at several school lunchrooms and through pickup locations across the community.

Beginning March17th, the following schools will offer free grab-n-go lunches daily, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through the remainder of this week. Distribution will be through walk-up or drive-through service. This is for students only and they must be present to receive a meal. Locations are Rainbow, Horizon, James Clemens, Mill Creek and West Madison. Triana area students can pick up a grab-n-go lunch at the Town Municipal Building between 10:30 and 12:30 a.m. throughout the remainder of the week.

Madison City Schools is also partnering with several churches and non-profit agencies to help provide food assistance. This outreach is to any family served by Madison City Schools.

Pickup locations have been identified for daily distribution of food by families served by Madison City Schools. The rotations start tomorrow (Tuesday, March 16) at Asbury Church at 980 Hughes Road, 5-7 p.m. and continue weekdays until April 6.

Locations and times are as follows:
Mondays: First Baptist Church 4257 Sullivan Street, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesdays: Asbury Church, 980 Hughes Road, Madison, 5-7 p.m. (Use Gillespie Road entrance).
Wednesdays: Trinity Baptist, 1088 Hughes Road, Madison, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Thursdays: Asbury Church, 980 Hughes Road, Madison, 5-7 p.m. (Use Gillespie Road entrance).
Fridays: Heritage Church, 29768 Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road, Madison, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Triana area families will be served by Inside-Out-Ministries and Crosspointe Church on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a location in Triana to be announced.

See Also

If there are special circumstances preventing you from picking up at one of these locations, please email our MCS social worker, Briana Hawkins, at

If you are interested in volunteering in this effort or donating non perishable food items, email the MCS Development Office:

Non-Profit Agencies Helping

The United Way of Madison County | 2-1-1
Any family experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 school break can call 2-1-1 and be connected to a local specialist that will help connect them to food help.

Lunches of Love | Email
Food items are needed and several drop-off locations have been set up around Huntsville, Madison, and Madison County for individuals to contribute. All lunch kits assembled will go to children and elderly residents that need them during this interruption in food services.

Manna House | 256-503-4848
A great resource for everyone experiencing food insecurity in the area. Manna House also distributes clothing, diapers, and formula for all.

Boys & Girls Club of North Alabama | 256-534-6060
Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama locations with feeding programs will provide meals and snacks daily for pickup to all youth 5-18 in their communities. Check with your local Club for more information about drive-through times.
3rd Street Club – 256-353-8782
Athens Club – 256-232-4298
Ben Sanford – 256-259-3405
Cavalry Club – 256-270-8953
James A Lane Club – 256-536-1596
Oak Park – 256-686-1915
Priceville – 256-686-1915
Seminole – 256-564-7018
Sparkman Homes – 256-539-5607

Huntsville Madison County Senior Center | 256-382-0920
Senior Center staff will be identifying seniors in need of support services, including meals. Meals On Wheels will continue and additional volunteers may be needed.

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