School districts offering meal programs during mandated closure

School districts offering meal programs during mandated closure

Over the weekend, both North Carolina and South Carolina governors ordered schools to close for at least two weeks.

This unprecedented announcement left schools and many parents trying to figure out how to move forward.

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Many districts have created plans to ensure students will have access to meals, either by delivery or at pickup locations.

Information on how districts are handling the process is listed below. We will continue to update this information as more details are announced from other districts.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is providing grab-and-go meals while schools are closed. Lunch and breakfast for the next day will be served in participating schools’ parking lots. Meals are free for anyone 18 years old and younger. Children must be present to receive meals. Meals will be available Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Burke County Public Schools

Burke County Public Schools has opened seven grab-and-go feeding locations. Children will receive a lunch for that day and a breakfast for the next.

The following schools will be open for food distribution through the car rider lines from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday through Friday: Table Rock Middle School; Liberty Middle School; Mountain View Elementary School; Valdese Elementary School; East Burke Middle; Ray Childers Elementary School; and George Hildebrand Elementary.

On Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the meals will be available through the car rider lines of East Burke Middle, Valdese Elementary, Mountain View Elementary and Table Rock Middle.

In addition to the schools distributing food, school buses will deliver meals to bus stops in high density areas Monday through Friday.

Anyone with questions about delivery locations or feeding distribution in general can call 828-433-8047.

Cabarrus County Schools

Cabarrus County Schools Nutrition Department will provide free breakfast and lunch to students beginning Tuesday, March 17.

Catawba County Schools

Catawba County Schools is offering free grab-and-go meals at 60 locations across the county.

Free meals are available at 16 school drive-thru locations from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Meals can also be picked up at designated times at 44 additional locations -- simply go to the most convenient location and look for the big yellow bus. Buses will be at each location for 30 minutes each day between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., depending on the location.

Meals are fee to any child 18 years old and younger.

Questions can be directed to Valda Robinson at 828-464-8333 or

Chester County Schools

Chester County Schools is offering free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch services at several locations to all students. Breakfast will be available from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meals will be available to all children 18 years old and younger. Children must be present to receive a free meal.

Site locations include Great Falls Complex, Lewisville Middle, Chester Park Complex, Harmony Baptist Church, Fort Lawn Community Center, YMCA, Brown’s Chapel, Metropolitan AME Zion, Mount Zion Baptist Church, WestSide Baptist, Richburg Park, Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church and Baton Rouge Park.

Additional sites may be added.

Cleveland County Schools

Cleveland County Schools Nutrition Services is providing free meals from Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at all school sites except Burns High, Crest High, Kings Mountain High, Shelby Middle, North Shelby and East Elementary since these locations are near other meal sites.

Daily pickup will be at the front of each school unless directed otherwise. Lunch will be provided, as well as a breakfast for the following morning.

The meals are available to any child or teen ages 2 to 18 years old.

Fort Mill Schools

The Fort Mill School District will provide breakfast and lunch free of charge to families in need while schools are closed.

This week, four breakfast meals and four lunch meals will be provided between the two delivery dates on Tuesday, March 16, and Thursday, March 19.

Beginning next week and for the remainder of time that schools are closed, students will receive five breakfasts and five lunches each week spread out among the remaining delivery dates listed below:

Monday, March 23

Wednesday, March 25

Monday, March 30

Meals can be picked up at Nation Ford High School, as well. If picking up from the high school, go to the bus loop at 10:15 a.m. and 10:25 a.m.

Please note that routes and times are subject to change. Check the district’s website for the most up-to-date information.

For additional assistance or for those with special dietary needs, please call 803-548-3549 or email

The backpack program will continue for students during this time. Please watch the website for more details on that program.

Gaston County Schools

Gaston County Schools will provide free grab-and-go meals for students beginning Tuesday, March 17.

Meals will be distributed at 11 locations, including Bessemer City High School, Carr Elementary School, Cherryville Elementary School, Erwin Community Center, Grier Middle School, Kiser Elementary School, North Belmont Elementary School, Robinson Elementary School, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Warlick Academy and Woodhill Elementary School.

Distribution will take place on the following dates from 10:30 a.m. until noon: March 17-20 and March 23-27.

Hickory Public Schools

Hickory Public Schools is offering a drive-thru/pick-up for daily meals on weekdays while school is closed at Longview Elementary and Viewmont Elementary from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Meals will also be available through PORCH and Hickory-area McDonald’s.

School districts offering meal programs during mandated closure

Kannapolis City Schools

Kannapolis City Schools has established a grab-and-go student meal service while schools are closed. Beginning Monday, any KCS student can obtain free breakfast and lunch at one of five distribution sites or via a mobile meal delivery service available at several sites throughout the district.

Anyone unable to access either option should call the KCS helpline at 704-920-2222.

Lincoln County Schools

Lincoln County Schools is providing free grab-and-go meals at eight locations to any child younger than 18. Students are not required to be present. Parents/guardians may pick up meals to take to students and younger siblings at home. Lunch and a breakfast meal for the following morning will be available.

Meals can be picked up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations: Battleground Elementary; East Lincoln High; Iron Station Elementary; Norris S. Childers Elementary; North Brook Elementary; Pumpkin Center Intermediate; S. Ray Lowder Elementary; and West Lincoln Middle.

Questions can be directed to the Lincoln County Schools Child Nutrition department at 704-736-4301.

Richmond County Schools

Richmond County Schools is providing grab-and-go meals for students to receive breakfast and lunch.

The following sites are being used as drive thru locations from 10:30 a.m. to noon: Ellerbe Middle; Monroe Avenue Elementary; Ninth Grade Academy; West Rockingham Elementary; Hamlet Middle; L.J. Bell Elementary; Cordova Middle; Hoffman Recreation Center; Mangum Community Center; Norman Community Center; Dobbins Heights Community Center; the Annex on 102 Safie 6th Street; South (Jack) Breeden Park in South Hamlet; Cartledge Creek Baptist Church; Philadelphia Community Church; Marston First Baptist Church; and Rockingham Skateland.

Stanly County Schools

Stanly County Schools is providing meals to all students at no cost through two options – pick up at regular bus stops and drive-thrus at eight designated locations.

Drive thru locations will operate Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Locations include East Albemarle, Central, Badin, AHS, AMS, Norwood, South Stanly MS and Stanfield.

Union County Public Schools

Union County Public Schools Nutrition Services is offering free daily meals to children 18 years old and younger while schools are closed.

Grab-and-go meals will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. seven days a week at the following locations: Wingate Elementary (301 Bivens St.); Health Sciences Academy at Monroe Middle (601 E. Sunset Drive); Sardis Elementary (4416 Sardis Church Road); and Rocky River Elementary (500 N. Rocky River Road).

Meals can be picked up at the front entrance of the schools.


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Iredell-Statesville Schools

Iredell-Statesville Schools has extended its spring break for all students through March 20.