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Wake schools adds 11 more food distribution sites after seeing steady increase in interest

Posted March 20, 2020 3:41 p.m. EDT
Updated March 24, 2020 3:43 p.m. EDT

Lunch items await students in a buffet line at Neal Middle School in Durham (Julia Donheiser/WRAL contributor).

Wake County Public School System is adding 11 more food distribution sites across the county on Monday after seeing a steady increase of meals delivered throughout the week.

The school system is providing food to children who would otherwise go hungry during the school closures required because of the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, the first day food was distributed, 4,899 meals were served. That grew to 6,336 on Wednesday and 7,137 on Thursday.

All food distribution sites are open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Food distribution will include hot lunches for the day and breakfast for the next day, according to a press release. Food will be distributed at curbside to minimize safety concerns. The food will be placed in safe and sanitized food containers. Parents will not be required to show ID, and children do not have to be present to pick up food.

The new sites are:

  • 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

I've updated this original post to include all 27 sites that are now distributing food to students in Wake County.

The system also has started accepting online donations to support child nutrition services. Parents can visit www.wcpss.net/food to find the donation link, a full list of distribution sites and regular updates.