As the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, and facilities, like schools, are forced to close, Fairfax County Public Schools has a program that provides nutritious meals to students who normally rely on food they get in school cafeterias. Fort Belvoir Upper School, on the elementary complex on Belvoir, is a participating school in the district’s Grab-and-Go meal program.

According to Jamey Chianetta, upper school principal, the program has been immensely successful.

“I believe this is the beginning of a Grab-and-Go program on Fort Belvoir and we’ve had a strong amount of interest in our site,” she said. “Between 150 and 200 meals are served daily. Overall, I’m just so grateful that Fort Belvoir was chosen as one of the Grab-and-Go locations. It will hopefully allow our families who really rely on school meals to stretch their family food budgets and keep a sense of security and normalcy. The meals include fresh produce and milk and have been really well received.

Chianetta added she and her staff have made meal pickup even easier for families adjusting to the day-to-day realities of the COVID-19 outbreak.

FCPS students are welcome to come to any of the sites to pick up a meal. All FCPS students, regardless of age, can get the free Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch. Other county children, under age 18, can also get a meal. Adults may pay $2 for the meals. To receive federal reimbursement, students must be present to request the meals.

Breakfast is served from 8-10:30 a.m. and lunch from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., weekdays.

For information about the Grab-and-Go meal program on post, call Fort Belvoir Upper School, 571-982-1300. A complete list of meal locations is available from