With campuses across Indiana closing, districts and community organizations are working to get food to thousands of students who rely on school meals.
More than 100,000 Indianapolis students qualify for free or reduced-price meals, and all students in Indianapolis Public Schools receive free meals because the district qualifies for a federal community eligibility program. And as closures to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus force businesses to close and hourly workers to stay home, more and more families will likely struggle to afford groceries.
Nearly all Indiana districts have closed, including all public schools in Marion County.
Districts are taking different approaches to ensure children have access to food. Indianapolis Public Schools is handing out free meals five days a week to any children 18 or under, even if they don’t attend district schools. In addition to distributing meals at several schools, Wayne Township is delivering meals to more than 1,000 bus stops. In many other township districts, families can pick up meals for several days at a time. Indy Parks is continuing to offer after-school snacks and supper at many locations.
Marion County families can find food through the Community Compass app or by texting the word “hi” to 317-434-3758.
The map below shows Indianapolis food distribution sites.
If you click the map, you can enter your address and find the site closest to you. We also compiled the dates, days, and times of food service. We will continue to update as more information becomes available.
If your school district pickup site or community agency isn’t on the map, please send the information to us at email@example.com.
🔗Here’s where Indianapolis children can get meals during the three-week school shutdown for coronavirus
Schedules for breakfast and lunch pickups vary. If your school or community agency isn’t on the map, please send the information to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
🔗I don’t have both Google Drive and Google Maps installed on my device
- Open the map and scroll to your neighborhood.
- Find and select the meal distribution site to view the schedule and meal type.
- Tap the direction buttons to go to Google Maps.
🔗I have both Google Drive and Google Maps installed on my device
- Open the map and tap the Search bar.
- Search for your address to find nearby meal distribution sites.
- Tap the name of the meal distribution site to view the schedule and meal type. Tap the direction buttons to go to Google Maps.
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