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


Emergency Relief Grants (COVID-19) from No Kid Hungry: No Kid Hungry is offering real time funding and assistance for schools and community organizations that are finding new, innovative ways to make sure kids have access to the meals they need as schools close due to coronavirus. No Kid Hungry is providing emergency grants to support these local efforts like home delivered meals, grab and go meals programs, school and community pantries, backpack programs, and other steps to help reach children and families who lose access to meals. Submit your interest here.

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.

COVID-19 Response: Find Meals for Kids

Find pick-up meals near you: Find delivery meals and other options: Don't forget:
  • Contact sites to verify information
  • Check school, district, or organization's website, social media, and other communications for the most up-to-date information

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