Brenda Nolan places food and milk in boxes at Dayton’s Westwood School to be given to students who would normally receive free lunch at school. MARSHALL GORBYSTAFF

RTA to provide free rides to Dayton school food pickup sites

Dayton Public School families can ride RTA buses for free during certain hours on Wednesdays to get to DPS’ food distribution sites during ongoing coronavirus-related school closures.

Starting this Wednesday, families that show a DPS student ID or most recent DPS student report card can ride for free between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m., according to district officials.

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The school district continues to hold food distribution events each Wednesday between 9 a.m. and noon at eight school sites — Louise Troy, Westwood, Rosa Parks, E.J. Brown, Kiser, Wright Brothers, Ruskin and Belmont.

At the distribution sites each Wednesday, DPS students receive enough food for five breakfasts and five lunches, according to district statments. Food can also be given to family members of the student. The student’s name must be on the DPS enrollment list to receive food if the parent is not accompanied by a student.

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For more information about DPS’ food distribution, families can visit

During the free RTA ride period, families will be dropped off at the RTA bus stop closest to the distribution site of their choice. Riders are reminded to pull the yellow stop cord to let the driver know where they need to get off.

A map showing RTA route numbers that have bus stops near the school sites can be found here:,-84.22167,12.023

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