Despite coronavirus closures, Fort Bragg schools still providing meals for students

Cumberland County News

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WNCN) — School cafeterias at Fort Bragg are closed, but not the kitchens.

Fort Bragg school employees are still cooking hot meals for students who are stuck at home right now due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“We know it’s affecting so many people and people that are going through so many things during this time,” said Veronica Lee, a nutrition clerk and meal planner.

Parents lined up half-an-hour early to pick up the meals from Irwin Intermediate School Wednesday morning.

“I appreciate everything they do because a lot of people are out of work,” said father of two Bobby Shrader.

His kids are getting into their homeschool routines, but they miss the real thing.

“They don’t like it so much, they miss their friends and being in school and talking to all the teachers and stuff like that.”

Mom of three, Shay Daniels says the unexpected transition to homeschooling is much easier with the school meals still being made.

“This is very helpful, I’m so grateful for this,” Daniels said.

“We are doing this because we are trying to serve our military community,” said Kathy Downs, Fort Bragg activity superintendent. “This is a really hard time for our community.”

About 1,300 meals are given out every day.

Students are given enough for breakfast and lunch, even on weekends.

“We’re motivated, and the morale is pretty high among the staff,” Lee said. “I love it.”

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