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Durham expands drive to feed people in need

After the coronavirus outbreak shut down Durham schools, an effort to keep feeding students who depend on free or reduced-priced lunches quickly started and faltered.

Durham Public Schools shut down its pandemic free lunch program in its second week after an employee who helped hand out meals at one school was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Masks, gloves and social distancing were required at a recent lunch pick up at Glenn Elementary School. Photos by Corey Pilson.

As 9th Street reporter Kristi Sturgill reports here, multiple people and organizations have stepped up since then to provide food to people in need, including public schools students and their families.

For those looking to help people in Durham keep food on the table, here’s a list of some local organizations getting that done:

Durham FEAST
Durham Neighbors Free Lunch Initiative
Durham Community Food Pantry through Catholic Charities
Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina
Church-affiliated pantries and more