CHILD NUTRITION, Meals for Students: Coronavirus Update from HPS

CHILD NUTRITION, Meals for Students: Coronavirus Update from HPS
Posted on 03/24/2020

DATE:                  March 24, 2020

Coronavirus Update from Hickory Public Schools

Tuesday, March 24, 2020



To All HPS Families:

Hickory Public Schools is moving forward through unchartered waters. While we may not have all answers to your questions at this time, we are doing our best to share any updates with our families and employees. Information is changing quickly, sometimes daily, and at other times, hourly. We thank you for your patience and your partnership as we work to support you—our families, while providing the most up-to-date information.

 None of our students should go hungry during the the mandated closing of schools. Therefore, we are offering the following community opportunities and schedules for HPS families, with students in need (pre-K through 12th grade), to pick-up meals through a drive-thru program set-up at two elementary schools: Longview and Viewmont. In addition, we now have bus schedules for the delivery of meals to area neighborhoods. Watch for updates as we work to expand the bus routes for delivery.
Please review the following information:


First, our community is stepping up to help our children with meals—and we are extremely thankful for their partnership.

  • All Hickory-area McDonalds/ Drive Thru ONLY (Monday-Friday) Children must be present:

    Free meals from 11:00 am – 2:00 PM for any student 12 years old or younger while Hickory Public Schools is closed: The meal includes a cheeseburger, hamburger, OR chicken nuggets with small French Fries, yogurt OR sliced apple.

  • Granny's Country Kitchen
    2145 N. Center St., Hickory, NC  28601
    Open from 8 am to 7 PM
    Free meals during school day closings.

    Children must be present when placing this order: All children will receive a free meal consisting of either a turkey or ham sandwich, chips & drink.

  • PORCH: The first round has been distributed. Distribution is provided on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Pick-up time for the HPS families is from 5:00 PM-6:30 PM.

    PORCH address: 2505 1st Avenue, SW, Hickory--near the old Longview Elementary and close to the Long View Fire Department. Questions about PORCH, email:

  • BackPack Program/Student Participants (Elementary & Middle School Students): The first round has been distributed; we will provide updates as announced.

MEALS PROVIDED by Hickory Public Schools —

BREAKFAST & LUNCH for HPS students with needs:

  • Any HPS student who is in need of food assistance, drive-thru pick-ups are scheduled from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at either Longview Elementary or Viewmont Elementary.
  • These meals are designed for ALL HPS students (pre-K through 12th grade) who have food insecurities.
  • HPS is offering a drive-thru/pick-up for daily meals (during the school days, only) while school is closed.
  • Longview Elementary and Viewmont Elementary will serve as the pick-up locations for meals for students. A team will be available to deliver the meals directly to your car. You will not need to come into the school.

In addition, we are now taking school buses out to certain bus stops with meal delivery (watch for additional bus stops to be added...). The following bus stop schedule is available for HPS students to pick-up meals during closed school days:  

Bus Route #1
11:00: Blue Ridge Apartments
11:30: Terrace Hills
12:00: Hillside Gardens

Bus Route #2

11:00: Woodlands (at entrance to complex)
11:30: Hilltop Apartments

Bus Route #3

11:00: Civitan Apartments

Watch for more updates to come!

(Food Supplies / USDA—An equal opportunity provider and employer)

Thank you to everyone for your assistance!


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