Cobb Schools, MUST Extend Partnership to Feed Students for the Rest of the School Year

During week two of Cobb Schools’ partnership with MUST Ministries, the District and non-profit have built a long-term solution to provide students with a 5-day supply of breakfasts and lunches at 8 school locations on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first day of the meal distributions will be Monday, March 23. 

The school locations selected for the meal distributions include schools with more than 50% Free and Reduced Lunch populations. 

Not knowing how long this public health crisis will last, the District and MUST are balancing staff and student safety in a way that will last until Cobb Schools are able to re-open. District staff will prepare food, purchased by the District, and MUST volunteers will distribute that food to students in a “socially distant” manner.

“This partnership is a great example of the appropriate balance between student health & well-being, staff safety, and compliance with state and federal guidance. In this way, needy students can be served and staff doesn’t feel any kind of pressure to put themselves or their families in a harmful situation,” said Superintendent Chris Ragsdale. “It wouldn’t be possible without a partner in MUST ministries whose leadership in this area is a true example for the entire metropolitan area.”

“I am proud that Cobb educators are always looking for creative ways to serve our students, especially those with the highest needs. Cobb really cares about the needs of our students and this partnership is a great way to support those physical needs our needy students have right now. We appreciate that we have such a supportive and caring partner like MUST, we couldn’t do it without them,” praised Board Chair Brad Wheeler.  

Cobb Schools Food Service staff will make the food as it is provided by the District and MUST volunteers will distribute to students curbside. According to Federal guidelines, the meals can only be served to Cobb County students under 18 years of age, and students must be physically present.  

The weekly breakfast and lunch distributions can be sustained through the rest of the 2019-2020 school year or until Cobb Schools re-opens. However, MUST needs volunteers to help by giving food donations and to sign up here to help with food distributions at schools. Please join us as we help our community in need.  

Breakfast and Lunch School Distribution Locations from 11 am – 1 pm: 

  • Acworth Elementary 
  • Bryant Elementary 
  • Campbell HS 
  • Compton Elementary 
  • East Cobb Middle 
  • Garrett Middle  
  • Osborne High  
  • Riverside Intermediate 

The new school locations will replace sites where food boxes were provided this week.