• 75°

RSS workers met by inconsistent-sized groups for first round of summer meals

CHINA GROVE – Rowan-Salisbury Schools on Thursday delivered the first summer meals to a somewhat inconsistent crowd.

One of the district’s meal trucks making the rounds in the South Rowan area had more kids than it expected get meals at the first stop and none at its last.

Barbara Jordan, child nutrition manager at Knox Middle School, said she has been helping with summer meals for 15 years, but this was a new experience for her. In the past, she was usually on routes that would take food to set locations such as summer camps, but this year she went into neighborhoods where RSS students live to offer meals.

Jordan said she expects more kids will get the meals as the summer goes on. Workers also spoke to people in visited neighborhoods to let residents know meals would be there at the same time Monday through Friday.

“Once they get to know us, they’ll run up to the truck because they know they’re going to get a nice meal,” Jordan said.

School Nutrition Supervisor Janice Peacock was out with staff as they canvassed a neighborhood off U.S. 29. The group did not find any kids to feed, but they did talk to some people about letting neighbors know and identified homes which may have children.

It was not all slim pickings. Three kids got meals at a Rowan County Housing Authority neighborhood the stop before the U.S. 29 neighborhood. Houses directly across the street visited by the truck that morning had 14 kids that took meals instead of an anticipated 10.

Peacock said her role in the program is getting kitchens ready at schools and getting sites ready to operate for the program. There are both physical and mobile sites. Students can get meals at many of the local YMCA locations, but the mobile sites are neighborhoods where trucks and buses pull up with food.

Peacock said the program works with staff and community organizations like churches to network and identify places with the most need.

“It’s just a huge network of people that are all fighting for the same cause of feeding people,” Peacock said, adding this time of year is a lot of work but getting to come out and see the kids is a joy.

The program is open to any child ages 3 through 18. Participants have to be at the site when the meals arrive. The times are the same every day and there are more than two dozen mobile sites. School Nutrition Director Lisa Altmann said the program is intended to reach the most vulnerable students, and sites are chosen according to need.

If you have questions, contact Meredith Honeycutt at 704-630-6047 or visit rssed.org/about/public-information/district-news and look for the announcement about summer meal sites for a full list of the many locations.

Comments

Coronavirus

New COVID-19 positives in Rowan at lowest point since start of pandemic

Education

Rowan Wild’s animal camp makes a comeback at Dan Nicholas Park

Coronavirus

Health officials say financial incentives helped vaccination rates; lottery drawing today

Granite Quarry

Granite Quarry adopts budget that keeps tax rate flat

Business

Airport Advisory committee endorses plans for expansion at Mid-Carolina Regional

China Grove

China Grove will celebrate 40th Farmers Day with week full of festivities

Sports

Pistons win in NBA draft lottery; Hornets will get 11th pick

Crime

Officers in Locust arrest drivers who tried to flee; one was on motorcycle reported stolen from Rowan

News

Panel OKs NC Senate budget bill; Dems pan policy provisions

News

Letter: Journalist won’t join UNC faculty without tenure

Crime

Chase from Mooresville ends with crash at Rowan Mill Road; two charged

Kannapolis

Dearmons gift two public art sculptures to city of Kannapolis

Crime

Blotter: Woman’s camper stolen from side of I-85

Local

Local scouts sweep NC American Legion awards

Business

As demand lessens slightly, local homebuilders work through challenges to deliver dwellings

Local

Commissioners name Newberry Hall House county’s newest historic landmark

News

Senate budget uses NC revenue boon on more tax cuts, capital

College

Livingstone College alumna Quanera Hayes makes U.S. Olympic Team after first-place finish in 400-meter race

Crime

Blotter: June 21

Ask Us

Ask Us: What is status of ‘speed table’ on Charles Street in Spencer?

Local

East Rowan High graduate killed in motorcycle crash

Local

Political Notebook: Gov. Cooper vetoes Ford-backed bill allowing firearms at churches that are also schools

Crime

Blotter: June 20

News

Body of fourth tuber, age 7, found in North Carolina river