APS Important Message: Atlanta Emergency Food Distribution

March 17, 2020
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APS has received approval to open more sites for the distribution of emergency student meals and run some food routes using our buses. More information on this is coming soon. For now, beginning Monday, March 16, all children and families throughout the community can receive free-bagged meals at our five APS school sites (breakfast and lunch) Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. during the District closure to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

*Bunche Middle School - 1925 Niskey Lake Rd., SW
*Cleveland Avenue Elementary School - 2672 Old Hapeville Rd., SW
*Douglass High School - 225 Hamilton E Holmes Dr., NW
*Phoenix Academy (formerly Alonzo Crim High School) - 256 Clifton St., SE
*Sylvan Hills Middle School - 1461 Sylvan Rd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

In addition, ready-to-eat meals are available through our partner, GOODR, at Hosea Williams Feed The Hungry at 4779 Mindy St., and at Loaves and Fishes at St. John the Wonderworker Parish at 543 Cherokee Ave. Further, GOODR will be at the five APS school sites with fresh produce for pick up as well.

Thanks to our partner, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, beginning March 23, all children and their families throughout the community can also receive shelf-stable groceries at the five APS food distribution sites. In addition, the Atlanta Community Food Bank has more than 50 sites for food distribution. (As a reminder, APS does not manage the hours or service at these food distribution sites. Contact the food distribution sites directly for information about their hours, service, and any other requirements for food. Click here to see the full list of food distribution sites).

District Closure for Teleschooling and Teleworking to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

While there are no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Atlanta Public Schools (APS), based on the recommendation and guidance provided by Governor Brian Kemp on Thursday, March 12, APS will close all schools and offices effective Monday, March 16. However, in order to prepare for an extended leave, students and staff are asked to come to school tomorrow, March 13, so we can supply students with the necessary learning materials. If you are sick, please remember to follow our past guidance and stay home. We anticipate that, at a minimum, District schools and offices will remain closed for at least two weeks and potentially extend beyond Spring Break (April 6 - 10).


Atlanta Public Schools is providing emergency student meals at five APS anchor sites offering three foodservice supports:

    1. Breakfast and lunch grab-and-go bags

    2. Fresh produce provided by local nonprofit Goodr

    3. Shelf-stable foods provided by the Atlanta Community Food Bank (i.e. nonperishables)


Food distribution is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday at these five anchor sites:

Bunche Middle School - 1925 Niskey Lake Rd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30331

Cleveland Avenue Elementary School - 2672 Old Hapeville Rd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30315

Douglass High School - 225 Hamilton E Holmes Dr., NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Phoenix Academy (formerly Alonzo Crim High School) - 256 Clifton St., SE, Atlanta, GA 30317

Sylvan Hills Middle School - 1461 Sylvan Rd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30310


Additionally, these organizations are offering food pantries at the locations and times below:


Emergency Food Service, Coronavirus, Atlanta
Emergency Food Service, Coronavirus, Atlanta