Amid school shutdown, Wake County students, staff delivering meals to more than 150 families

Wake County News

ROLESVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — North Carolina students will be out of school for the next two weeks in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

That means some Wake County Students could go without meals they would have access to during school hours.

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“For many of us we don’t have to worry about that, but we do have students and those are their meals. We need to make sure that they eat,” said Harris Creek Elementary School Principal Tracie Sanchez.

She’s one of the Rolesville School principals who teamed up with the community to host a food drive to make sure students are taken care of while they’re away from the classroom.

“We want to try to collect any donations. We have a food pantry at Rolesville Middle School. It’s housed at our school but is open any family in the Wake County Public School system or students who attend Wake County schools. Although we can’t have families and folks come to our pantry we can still collect items,” explained Rolesville Middle School Principal Thaddeus Sherman.

RELATED: Click here for a list of places to pick up meals while school is out

Sherman and other volunteers collected donations in the parking lot of Food Lion for three hours. Folks from the community would drive up and drop off their donations.

It was a quick way to gather donations, but it also limited person to person contact. School administrators wanted to follow both the CDC and the school district’s guidelines, while still helping families who may need a hand.

“The Rolesville community, our Harris Creek community and they are amazing. You ask and they give. They care about one another this is about making sure that everyone and this is making sure that everyone is taken care of right now,” continued Sanchez

The Rolesville community helped collect 10 trucks full of food, enough to feed 150 families.

Principal Sherman said the next step is to pack the meals and deliver them to some families. Other families will set up pickup locations.

RELATED: Click here for a list of places to pick up meals while school is out

BackPackBuddies also dropped off donations during the Rolesville food drive. This organization collects food and distribute to families every Friday.

If you would like to help visit them at

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