Shelby County Schools hands out free meals for students

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — Shelby County Schools students can pick up free meals this summer.

According to Superintendent Joris Ray, students can pick up meals every Thursday from June 24-July 22 beginning at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Meals can be picked up at Central High, Douglass High, Raleigh-Egypt High, Kirby High, Cordova High, Westwood High, Oakhaven High, Ridgeway High and Melrose High.

The school district is addressing the issue of food insecurity in the Bluff City by making sure all students have access to nutritious meals.

Jerica Phillips, SCS spokesperson, said, “We were really proud to be able to serve over two million meals to children during the pandemic.”

Phillips said the district is continuing to serve families through the summer meal program.

Once a week, kids can pick up seven meals for breakfast and lunch. No child will be turned away.

“With the child poverty rate in Memphis being close to 40 percent, that means many students depend on the school district for their meals every day,” Phillips said.

Along with fruits and vegetables, the students will get frozen and refrigerated meals like burgers and pizza.