Halifax County Public Schools students will have the chance to receive breakfast and lunch for the 2020-2021 school year thanks to the Community Eligibility Provision.

“It is very important for all enrolled students to participate in both breakfast and lunch every day to ensure that HCPS can continue to offer this program in the future,” a survey to HCPS parents read.

All Halifax County Public School students have had access to free meals since 2018.

This year, with the school system kicking the year off with virtual learning, the way they’re providing meals is different.

Students will have access through two options – bus stop meal delivery or meal pick-up.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, meals will be delivered to each student’s bus stop twice per week.

A “meal day” bus schedule that includes dates and times for each bus will be available online on the school system’s website, www.halifax.k12.va.us.

Meals also will be available for pick-up on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Cluster Springs Elementary, Scottsburg Elementary and Halifax County Middle School.

The recent survey on food services sent to parents also determines the number of students in each household and the bus number of the students.

The survey also notes that bus drivers will not be able to wait and asks parents and guardians to be prepared to collect meals on arrival.

This isn’t the first time local bus drivers in the area have participated in delivering meals.

Starting in May, local bus drivers teamed up with the YMCA to deliver meals to those in need.

Dwight Elam, supervisor of transportation, explained that they delivered meals in the early summer to individual bus stops, and he said several drivers called in to volunteer.

This year, they have 115 buses, down from two the previous year, and even thought there’s been talk of furlough for bus drivers and other classified personnel, Elam hopes to use as many drivers as they can.

No matter what the task, he is sure that his drivers will always “step right up” to fulfill that role.

And, the buses they use will be cleaned and disinfected with a CDC certified disinfectant, according to the school system’s comprehensive educational and operational plan for the upcoming school year.

The comprehensive plan also states bus drivers will disinfect the bus after reach run.

For more information on the food service program, contact Gwenn Nunn at 476-2171.

If a parent did not receive the survey, contact your child’s school.