Meals for Kids in North Carolina During COVID-19


UPDATE: Monday, August 16

Check your school or district’s website, social media, and direct communications for the latest information on how meals are available for your students.

Most school districts will continue to serve meals for students as they reopen for fall or begin remote learning. Most will also have different plans to serve meals from the plans they used during the summer or during school closures last spring.

Many school districts will have a change in service beginning September 1 due to the expected change in USDA waivers affecting school meals. Check back at the end of the month with your district, or here, for more information on what schools have planned for meals beginning September 1.

During spring 2020 COVID-19 school closures and summer 2020, the 877-877 texting hotline and an online map were available to find meal sites across the state, but those resources will not be able to be updated with information on where to find meals in fall 2020.

This section is about meal programs for kids in NC while schools are operating differently because of the COVID-19 outbreak. It will continue to be updated as information becomes available.

No Kid Hungry NC does not provide food directly to kids. We support those who do through grant funding for innovative programs, marketing tools, technical assistance, and much more. The free meals for kids that can be found with the tools below are being provided by school districts and community partners through federally-assisted USDA child nutrition programs -- managed in our state by the NC Department of Public Instruction -- that normally operate in the summer to keep kids in need healthy while school is out.

Additional food resources can be found by finding your area food bank or food pantry.

COVID-19 Response: Find Meals for Kids

Currently, the best source of information on how meals are available for your students is your school or district’s website, social media, and direct communications.

COVID-19 Response Home

How to Find Meals for Kids

Map of Pick-Up Locations

How Can I Help?

Resources for Meal Sponsors

Timeline: What is the Status of School Meals in NC?