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Durham resumes feeding program for students out of school

Schools are closed across the state because of the coronavirus pandemic, and that means many children who rely on free or reduced school breakfasts and lunches may be going hungry during the closure. Wake County, Johnston County and Wayne County schools have all announced places to ensure that food is available to those in need.

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Sarah Lindenfeld Hall
, Go Ask Mom editor

Schools are closed across the state because of the coronavirus pandemic, and that means many children who rely on free or reduced school breakfasts and lunches may be going hungry during the closure. Wake County, Johnston County and Wayne County schools have all announced places to ensure that food is available to those in need.

Durham County Food Distribution

After a worker tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Durham suspended its meal program. Meals resume April 16, 2020, and will be provided on Mondays and Thursdays at:
11 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
  • Bethesda Elementary, 2009 S. Miami Blvd.
  • Eno Valley Elementary, 117 Milton Rd.
  • Githens Middle, 4800 Old Chapel Hill Rd.
  • R.N. Harris Elementary, 1520 Cooper St.
  • Hillside High, 3727 Fayetteville St.
  • Parkwood Elementary, 5207 Revere Rd.
  • Sandy Ridge Elementary, 1417 Old Oxford Hwy.
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
  • Burton Elementary, 1500 Mathison St.
  • Lakeview School, 3507 Dearborn Dr.
  • Shepard Middle, 2401 Dakota St.
  • Southern School of Energy and Sustainability, 800 Clayton Rd.
  • Southwest Elementary, 2320 Cook Rd.

Families may pick up meals at the following schools on Tuesdays and Fridays:

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Brogden Middle, 1001 Leon St.
  • Eastway Elementary, 610 Alston Ave.
  • Glenn Elementary, 2415 E. Geer St.
  • Holt Elementary, 4019 Holt School Rd.
  • Y.E. Smith Elementary, 2410 E. Main St.
  • C.C. Spaulding Elementary, 1531 S. Roxboro St.
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
  • Club Blvd. Elementary, 400 W. Club Blvd.
  • Hillandale Elementary, 2730 Hillandale Rd.
  • Holton Career & Resource Center, 401 N. Driver St.
  • KIPP Durham, 1107 Holloway St.
  • Maureen Joy Charter School, 107 S. Driver St.
  • Lakewood Middle, 2119 Chapel Hill Rd.

Wake County Food Distribution

On Tuesday, March 17, Wake County opened a number of schools and community centers as food distribution sites. Families may pick up food at the locations and times indicated below, according to the county. Food will be distributed by volunteers at curbside to minimize safety concerns. The food will be placed in safe and sanitized food containers. An ID is not required to pick up the food.

The following sites are offering lunch and breakfast for pickup for students aged 18 and under - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m, Monday through Friday:

  • Poe Magnet Elementary School, 400 Peyton St., Raleigh
  • Rogers Lane Elementary School, 201 N. Rogers Lane, Raleigh
  • Creech Road Elementary School, 450 Creech Road, Garner
  • Wendell Middle School, 3409 NC Hwy. 97, Wendell
  • Zebulon Magnet Elementary School, 700 Proctor St., Zebulon
  • Millbrook Magnet Elementary School, 1520 E. Millbrook Dr., Raleigh
  • Briarcliff Elementary School, 1220 Pond St., Cary
  • Pine Acres Community Center, 402 McLean St., Fuquay-Varina
  • PAVE SE Raleigh Charter School, 3420 Idlewood Village Dr., Raleigh
  • Wake County Human Services Northern Regional Center, 350 Holding Ave., Wake Forest
  • Washington Terrace Apartments, 1951 Booker Dr., Raleigh
  • Raleigh Millbank Apartments, 1500 N. Raleigh Blvd., Raleigh
  • The Oaks Apartments, 3911 Water Oak Dr., Raleigh
  • New Hope Village Apartments, 4321 Grandiflora Lane, Raleigh
  • Casa De Luna Apartments, 3918 Bonneville Court, Raleigh
  • Juniper Level Baptist Church, 9104 Sauls Road, Raleigh

Starting Monday, March 23, these sites also will provide food for students:

  • Athens Drive High, 1420 Athens Drive, Raleigh
  • Baileywick Elementary, 9425 Baileywick Rd, Raleigh​​​​​​​
  • Bugg Elementary, 825 Cooper Rd, Raleigh
  • Dillard Drive Elementary, 5018 Dillard Dr, Raleigh​​​​​​​
  • Forestville Elementary, 100 Lawson Ridge Rd, Knightdale​​​​​​​
  • Fox Road Elementary, 7101 Fox Rd, Raleigh
  • Fuller Elementary, 806 Calloway Dr, Raleigh
  • Hodge Road Elementary, 2128 Mingo Bluff Blvd, Knightdale​​​​​​​
  • Hunter Elementary, 1018 E Davie St, Raleigh​​​​​​​
  • Knightdale Elementary, 109 Ridge Street, Knightdale​​​​​​​
  • Reedy Creek Elementary, 930 Reedy Creek Rd, Cary

Confirmed Community Sites provided by Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church will have lunch for pickup available to any students aged 18 and under:

  • First United Methodist, 117 S. Academy St., Cary, Mon.-Fri., 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • Chatham Forest Apartments, 880 Glendale Dr., Cary, Tues. and Thurs., 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p .m.
  • Apex First Baptist, 419 S. Salem St., Apex, Mon. and Wed., 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Arbors at Cary Apartments, 200 Wrenn Dr., Cary, Mon.- Thurs., 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.​​​​​​​
  • Crosstimber Apartments 900 Golden Horseshoe Cir, Morrisville, NC 27560 - Mon.-Fri. 12:00pm – 1:00pm​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle's Mobile Market is available to all community members at the following times and locations:

  • Abundant Life Cathedral, 4400 Old Poole Road, Raleigh, Fourth Saturdays (beginning 3/28/20)., 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Bread for Life Mobile Market at Zebulon Boys & Girls Club, 1320 Shepard School Road, Zebulon, Third Saturdays (beginning 3/21/20) 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Community Helpers Service Center, 111 N. First Ave., Knightdale, Drive-thru, Thursdays (beginning 3/19/20), 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Martin Street Baptist Church, 1001 E. Martin St., Raleigh, Second Saturdays (beginning 4/11/20), 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Praise Temple Mobile Market, 1329, U.S. Hwy 70, Fourth Saturdays (beginning 3/28/20), 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Wake Forest Baptist Church, 107 S. Ave., Wake Forest, Third Tuesdays (beginning 3/17/20), 4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.


In its announcement, the school system said it was grateful for the outreach from many parents and community members asking how they can help. The system is encouraging the community to take any food donations to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle or Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC.
If you would like to volunteer to support the system's work to ensure kids don't go hungry, complete this form and the county will contact you.

Johnston County Food Distribution

And Johnston County Public Schools also announced plans for food distribution sites as well. JCPS has designated 11 schools as meal service sites. Grab-and-go meals will be available for students at no cost for curbside pickup beginning Wednesday, March 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Benson Middle
  • Cooper Academy
  • Corinth-Holders Elementary
  • Four Oaks Elementary
  • Meadow Elementary
  • North Johnston Middle
  • Pine Level Elementary
  • Princeton Elementary
  • Selma Elementary
  • Smithfield-Selma High
  • West Smithfield Elementary

Wayne County Food Distribution

This week, on Tuesday, March 17, Thursday, March 19, and Friday, March 20, Wayne County Public Schools will be providing curbside meal pickup opportunities for parents at 10 sites, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.. WCPS will be providing two lunches and two breakfast items on Tuesday to ensure students have two meals on Wednesday, which is a non-distribution day; a lunch and breakfast on Thursday; and on Friday, an extra lunch and breakfast will be provided for the weekend.

Here are the locations:

  • Charles B. Aycock High
  • Carver Elementary
  • Carver Heights Elementary
  • Eastern Wayne High
  • Grantham Middle
  • Meadow Lane Elementary
  • Rosewood Elementary
  • Spring Creek Middle
  • Tommy’s Road Elementary
  • Wayne Academy

As possible, the curbside pickup will occur in areas closest to the cafeteria. Next week, the schedule for designated sites will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday during these same times. Parents who are unable to travel to a pick-up site, but who are in need of meal assistance for their child should contact 919-705-6139.


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