The deadline to enroll in a June meal delivery program for qualifying Lawrence County students is Friday.
The Emergency Meals-To-You program (eMTY), a Baylor University project, is offered to qualifying Lawrence County schools through a partnership with Baylor and the county’s Child Nutrition Program. Schools who qualify for the program must be categorized as rural and have at least half their enrolled student body receiving free or reduced meals, according to eMTY criteria.
For Lawrence County, qualifying recipients include all students enrolled at East Lawrence Elementary, Speake Elementary, Mt. Hope Elementary, Hatton Elementary, and Hazlewood Elementary.
Students who receive free or reduced price meals and are enrolled at R.A. Hubbard High School, East Lawrence High School, or East Lawrence Middle School also qualify for eMTY.
Moulton schools did not qualify because they are not classified as "rural" by the United States Department of Agriculture. Hatton High School did not qualify because they do not meet the minimum 50 percent free or reduced price eligible students.
Once enrolled in the program, qualifying households will receive a box of meals, mailed by UPS, for each student in the household for the month of June. Once parents enroll online, they can include all other one to 18-year-olds in their household, according to a statement from Child Nutrition Director Michelle Chenault.
To join the program, parents or guardians must enroll by Friday, May 22.
"This is a strict enrollment period," Chenault said. "More information can be found on our school website and Facebook page."
Those interested in the program may also visit MealstoYou.org for more information or to enroll. For additional questions, CNP Director Michelle Chenault can be reached at 256-905-2411.