Durham school to provide pick-up meals for students during COVID-19 pandemic

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — A Durham public charter school will be providing meals for students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic and they will begin distributing food on Saturday.

Healthy Start Academy, a K-8 public charter school, has teamed up with state and local officials to launch the program.

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“While school closures continue to be necessary to prevent the spread of coronavirus, we know that many of our children and families rely on the daily meals they receive in our schools,” said Healthy Start Academy’s Principal Alex Quigley, in a press release.

“Healthy Start Academy cares about our families, and we want to help bridge the food gap on the weekend so that all of our children and any other child, regardless of the school they attend, are able to eat,” added Aronda Hill, the school’s nutrition administrator.

Healthy Start Academy will provide the services beginning at 12 p.m.

Meals will be distributed from these sites:
McDougald Terrace (Management office)
Cornwallis Road Apartments (Recreation center)
Oxford Manor Apartments (Wiggins Street)
Lakemoor Apartments (MLK Parkway – Clubhouse)
Rochelle Manor Apartments (Management office)
Colonial Townhomes (Building 30)
Chicken Hut Restaurant (3727 Fayetteville St. – Curbside Only)

Distribution of meals will begin at each site at 12 p.m. and will last until all meals are served:

Meals will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis to all families until gone
Healthy Start Academy Volunteers will practice social distancing and safety precautions while distributing meals
Interested families should look for the Healthy Start Academy School Bus

Healthy Start Academy will regularly provide additional information regarding food and resources through the school website and social media.

“We are committed to working with our state leaders to keep our children and families safe and well-nourished during these difficult times. We are grateful for the tireless support of our school and community partners, food banks, faith-based organizations and volunteers,” said Quigley.

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