Meals for Kids and COVID-19: Resources for Meal Sponsors


Action for Health Kids -- Emergency Meal Distribution Equipment Grant:

Who? Districts currently feeding students at school or other sites.

What? Receive a $1000-$2,000 credit per site in your district to purchase equipment through Hubert.

Equipment could include coolers, insulated bags, carts, packaging and even personal protection equipment to be used now and into the fall.

When? ASAP! Grant applications are currently live and will be awarded weekly until all funds are awarded. No need to wait for a check; within a week of application, you'll receive award notification and be able to place your order.

Priority: ALL NC districts serving emergency meals are eligible for grants. Priority for districts with ALDI stores located within or nearby.

Questions? Connect with Ellen Dillon (, AFHK Senior Field Manager.


GENYOUth COVID-19 Emergency School Nutrition Fund: GENYOUth, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to creating healthier school communities, has established the COVID-19 Emergency School Nutrition Fund to assist schools nationwide as they strive to provide school meals containing essential nutrition to students during the Coronavirus pandemic. The campaign also invites schools to apply for grants of up to $3,000 per school feeding site to purchase supplies for meal distribution and delivery. Schools can apply here.

Other Resources

No Kid Hungry NC continues to collect information on the strategies and needs of organizations serving meals. Don't hesitate to reach out to us.

The NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is sharing their communications to school nutrition teams and to summer meals program sponsors on its website. NCDPI is also shared other education-related resources here.

LunchAssist has created an Emergency Meal Service Toolkit for School Nutrition Programs and is collecting resources on its site.

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service page has a page keeping track of the COVID-19-related waivers and flexibilities active in North Carolina. 


  • Remember that you can serve meals 7 days a week, or distribute weekend meals on Friday.
  • Remember that NCDPI has received approval from USDA to waive meal service time restrictions for SFSP sponsors in good standing.

It takes all of us! We strongly encourage school nutrition leadership in each district to coordinate closely with your local food bank, other summer meal sponsors and sites, faith-based community partners, PTAs, and others. And we encourage all meal providers to look for innovative ways to serve as many meals to as many children as is possible.