Feeding numbers grow as school closure continues

Feeding numbers grow as school closure continues, more bus routes added
Posted on 03/19/2020
Morganton, NC – Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Burke County Public Schools has continued to feed thousands of students as the statewide school closure continues due to the coronavirus situation. On Wednesday alone, a total of 4,630 meals were handed out through the various car rider loops and school bus food distribution sites. And the school district wants to expand past the county lines.

Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam said, “In an effort to help our neighbors in this time of crisis, Burke County Public Schools is opening its feeding program to children in surrounding counties. We understand that some of our neighboring counties do not have the ability to offer meals to students while schools are closed. Our child nutrition team has provided meals to students since Day 1 of the closure, and we want to extend that invitation to all children ages 18 and under. They are welcome to visit one of our school feeding sites or meet a bus at one of the stops and grab a lunch for today and breakfast for tomorrow.”

Two bus routes have been added to the food distribution list. Bus 291 (Oak Hill) will be adding a stop at 11:45 a.m. at Idlewild Acres Mobile Home Park off Henderson Mill Road. Bus 294 (Morganton) will be adding a stop at 12:15 p.m. on Zion Road near Settlemyer Road at the mobile home park across from Zion Memorial United Methodist Church. The bus will park at the church.

If you have questions or need meals delivered to a different location, call 828-433-8047.

Below is a complete list of the bus stops:

MORGANTON

Bus #248
11:15 Cline, College, Herron and Bay streets @ BCPS S. College St. building parking lot
11:45 724 and 805 W. Union St. @ St. Charles Chatholic
12:15 Burkemont Ave @ Greenbrier Apartments

Bus #248
12:45 Regan and Burkemont Ave @ apartments
1:15 Rhyne and Burkemont Ave @ PPG Paint Store

Bus #234
11:15 Air Park Drive @ 112 Airpark Dr.
11:45 Burkemont Ave. and Ross St. halfway down Ross

Bus #294
11:15 Stonebridge @ Outreach Center 510 E Fleming Dr
11:45 607 Valdese Ave. @ Siena Apartments
12:15 Trailer Park on Zion Road @ Zion Memorial United Methodist Church

Bus #293
11:15 Evan St. and Avery Ave. @ Sherwin Williams
11:45 Center St. and Vine Arden @ apartments

Bus #249
11:15 Glenwood Apartments / 1300 Burkemont Ave.
11:45 Hillcrest Elementary School @ bus lot

OAK HILL

Bus #291
11:15 Spainhour and Oak Hill Drive @ Falling Brook Ln
11:45 Henderson Mill Road @ Idlewild Acres Mobile Home Park
JAMESTOWN/CARBON CITY

Bus #260
11:15 South Park and Jamestown Road @ loop
11:45 Patton Road and Windy Woods @ Windy Woods
12:15 906 Jamestown Road @ apartments

Bus #242
11:15 Carbon City Road and Glendale @ Public Safety 11:45 1145 Tallent Road @ mobile home park
12:15 Kathy Road and McAlpine Avenue @ Belle Farm

GLEN ALPINE

Bus #283
11:15 Linville Street, Lail Road and Pea Ridge Street @ Glen Alpine United Methodist Church
11:45 Chamber Chapel Road Chambers Chapel Baptist Church
CHESTERFIELD

Bus #212
11:15 Hartland Road and Hill Haven Circle @ top of Hillhaven Circle above Hillside Est Signs
11:45 2509 NC 18-64 (JR Mobile Home Park) @ mailboxes at entrance to park
SALEM

Bus #251
11:15 5125 Crawley Dale (Jesse Fisher Trailer Park) @ cross roads past bridge

DREXEL

Bus #271
11:15 Bryant Road @ both mobile home parks
11:50 Oakland Ave @ First Church of God Drexel
12:15 717 Amherst Road Pick @ Old Amherst Cir & Amherst Rd
12:45 Hollar St./Poteat St. @ Drexel Elementary bus lot
VALDESE

Bus #220
12:451st & 2nd Ave
1:00 Rhodhiss Road and Ridge Drive,
1:15 Carolina Ave, Dogwood Dr.

RUTHERFORD COLLEGE

Bus #254
11:15 Lydia Ave.
11:45 Pineburr Ave. @ Mt Calvary Baptist Church
12:20 Rutherford Square Apartments

RAY CHILDERS

Bus #220
11:15 Airport Rhodhiss Road and Lake Acres Drive @ Lake Acres
11:45 Hickory Airport Road and West View Acres @ West View Acres
12:15 Cape Hickory and Indian Hills @ Indian hills
12:45 1st & 2nd Ave and Pine Meadows Cir.... @ Longview Church of God
1 Rhodhiss Road, Ridge Drive,Carolina Ave, Dogwood Dr @ Friendship United Methodists Church

GEORGE HILDEBRAND

Bus #246
11:15 George Hildebrand Drive and Hmong Village @ Hmong Village
11:45 Meadow Trail and NC 18 South @ Meadow Trail
12:30 South Mountain Fire Department

ICARD

Bus #273
11:15 Old Brittain and Woodland Hills Liberty @ Fellowship Church (4139 Old Brittain Rd )
11:45 3409 Icard Dairy Barn Road @ mobile home park
12:15 7903 Old NC 10 @ mobile home park behind EBMS

Putnam said, “During these uncertain times, it is good to see that so many of our children are still being fed. We first and foremost want to keep the health of our students and staff a priority. The leadership that has come forth from within our school system and community in the past week has been like none other and helped to feed many students who otherwise may miss some meals.”
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