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Watauga County Schools prepares holiday meals

Jeff Younce works to prepare holiday meals for students.

Jeff Younce works to prepare holiday meals for students.

From the start of the pandemic and the first closure of public schools in North Carolina, the Watauga County Schools Child Nutrition department has worked overtime to ensure that students who rely on school meals can be fed regardless of their schedule.

Over the past year, staff in cafeterias across Watauga County Schools have prepared and delivered more than 250,000 meals to students in drive-thru pick up lines, in-school service and even home delivery. No matter what the challenges have been, they ensured that students would be fed.

Thanks to a generous donation from Lowes Foods in Boone, WCS staff was even able to make sure students who rely on school meals would have plenty to eat over their holiday break.

Lowes donated a truckload of food to be sent home with students during their Christmas vacation. The store contributed everything from peanut butter to ravioli to help supplement the holiday meals staff sent home with students.

Thanks to their help, Watauga County Schools was able to prepare more than 300 meal boxes that included eight breakfasts and lunches for students to take home with them over Christmas.

Monica Bolick, Director of Child Nutrition with WCS, said that community partners like Lowes had been instrumental in supplementing some of the meal programs provided to students over the pandemic.

“We are so grateful for Lowes and their truly generous support of our students,” Bolick said. “We’ve faced so many unprecedented challenges this year in making sure we are getting meals to all of our families who need them most and we are grateful for all the support we get from our community partners like Lowes.”

Randy Woodring helps to load food donated from Lowes Foods in Boone to send home with students over Christmas break.

Randy Woodring helps to load food donated from Lowes Foods in Boone to send home with students over Christmas break.