DCS announces changes to free meal program

By on April 6, 2020

Decision intended to reduce COVID-19 spread

(Dare County Schools)

In an email to Dare County Schools (DCS) families on Sunday, April 5, Superintendent John Farrelly announced that starting later this week, the free school meals that DCS had been distributing would need to be picked up at three school sites and would be available twice a week — with enough food to last several days each time.

Farrelly’s statement is below.

Over the past few weeks, Dare County Schools has served over 9,000 meals. With increasing numbers each week, it is evident that this program has become essential in providing much-needed support for our students and families, contributing to the health and well-being of our students.  Dare County Schools is committed to continuing the meal program during this unprecedented time.

In light of the most recent report of the sixth COVID-19 positive case in Dare, we will be implementing changes to the operation and schedule of the meal program to reduce the potential risk of exposure to our staff and families. In order to prepare for these changes, the meal program will be temporarily suspended until Thursday, April 9.

Beginning Thursday, April 9, buses will no longer deliver to community sites. Meals will be available for pick up from 12:00 pm until 1:00 pm at the three designated school sites: Cape Hatteras Elementary, First Flight Elementary, and Manteo Elementary. Multiple pick up stations will be set up in front of Cape Hatteras and Manteo Elementary Schools.  First Flight Elementary School pick up stations will be located in the bus parking lot on the West side of the building (between FFES and FFMS).

“Grab and Go” no-contact procedures will be in place at these locations Tuesday and Thursday of each week.  Meals will be packaged to cover breakfast and lunch over multiple days.  (Thursday’s meal pick-up will provide lunch for that day, plus breakfast and lunch for Friday and Monday, and breakfast for Tuesday the following week. Tuesday’s meal pick-up will include lunch for that day plus, breakfast and lunch for Wednesday and breakfast for Thursday.)

It is our goal to continue to offer the meal program throughout the time schools remain closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak and will do so as long as it is safe to do so.


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  • Steve

    So now we have to drive 1/2 hour each way to pick up a meal? Guess a lot of kids will be going hungry.

    Monday, Apr 6 @ 6:41 am