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Where to find school meals: Nonprofit pulls together statewide list of food distribution sites

Posted March 17, 2020 12:33 p.m. EDT
Updated April 3, 2020 4:45 a.m. EDT

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No Kid Hungry North Carolina has pulled together a list of statewide programs to make sure North Carolina kids don't go hungry as schools are closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

The list includes many, but not all, of the state's school systems as some continue to finalize plans. In the Triangle, food distribution sites opened in Orange County on Monday and Wake County on Tuesday. It begins Wednesday in Johnston County. Durham Public Schools' program started March 23, but has been halted.

The list says that it will be updated on a regular basis, but it's always best to also check in with your school system to ensure that things will go on as planned.

No Kid Hungry's website has more information.

No Kid Hungry NC is an initiative based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. It works to end child hunger by connecting kids to effective but underutilized federal nutrition programs such as school breakfast, summer meals and afterschool meals.

Nearly 60 percent of students in North Carolina were enrolled in free or reduced lunch programs during the 2017-18 school year, according to the Kids Count Data Center.