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Free meals for all Adair Co. children

By Dayna Parnell, Assistant Food Service/Finance Director
Adair County Schools

On Tuesday, Sept. 1st, the USDA extended waivers to allow school districts in KY to go back to SFSP (Summer Food Service Program) which will allow ALL children ages 1-18 to receive free meals upon request. This simply means that a child does not have to be enrolled in the Adair County School System in order to receive free meals.

Adair County's SFSP application was approved on September 4, allowing us to begin this program September 8, 2020. You can pick up meals at Adair County Primary or one of the 7 Bus Stops listed below:
  • Adair County Primary Center
  • Knifley Fire Department
  • Breeding Fire Department
  • Garden Church/Highway East 80
  • Jones Chapel Church/Gradyville
  • Tarter's Chapel Church/Portland
  • Purdy Church/Highway 206
  • Gaddie Shamrock Lab/HWY 55 S.
Meals may be picked up between 10amCT and 11amCT at all bus spots, with the exception of the ACPC location, which will be 10amCT to NoonCT Monday - Thursday.

Friday meals will be picked up with Thursday meals.

Non-Discrimination Statement:
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who required alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online

at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
  • 1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20250-9410;
  • 2. Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
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School and churches working together

2020-09-10 - Adair County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
School busses go out to churches like Jones Chapel UMC and other locations to make sure every child get food and has a wife spot for homework Monday thru Thursday. Two meals are provided on Thursday, both it and Friday's. Meals can be picked up between 10amCT and 11amCT at any of these seven Bus Stops: Adair County Primary Center, Knifley Fire Department, Breeding Fire Department, Garden Church/Highway East 80, Jones Chapel Church/Gradyville, Tarter's Chapel Church/Portland, Purdy Church/Highway 206, and Gaddie Shamrock Lab/HWY 55 S.

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Thankful for the Jones Chapel UMC pavillion

2020-09-10 - Adair County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
Adair County Public School bus drivers, from left, Chris Reeder, Johnny Richard, Joe Vanarsdale and Perry Reeder were preparing to hand out lunches to families in the Gradyville section of Adair County Wednesday. They are thankful to Jones Chapel United Methodist Church for the ability to use their pavilion rather than having to get everything ready inside the bus. This is their schedule, as far as they know, through Sept 28, 2020 when everyone hopes in-person classes may begin.

From behind my mask I asked them to smile for the camera. From behind their masks, the bus drivers said, "we ARE smiling!" And so it is during this 2020 Coronavirus life of nothing normal. We are thankful for the communities working with the schools so that every child can have meals and access to Internet services for classes. - LW

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