Meals for Kids in North Carolina During COVID-19



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.

As of the 2021-22 school year, most school in North Carolina have returned to in-person instruction, and are serving meals through school. Opportunities for meal pick-up or, rarely, delivery might be available on a local basis to students learning remotely or quarantining. Check with your school or district.

School meals continue to be offered at no cost to all students thanks to emergency USDA waivers, through at least June 30, 2022. Click here to learn more about the active USDA waivers.

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 we support 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.