The Wilkes County Schools’ Summer Meal Service, with breakfast and lunch available to all local youths ages 1-18 regardless of income eligibility, began Monday and will continue at least through June 30.

Wilkes County Schools cafeteria personnel are preparing meals at East Wilkes High School, Central Wilkes and West Wilkes middle schools and Mulberry and Traphill elementary schools for the program.

Marty Johnson, director of nutrition for the Wilkes schools, said during Monday night’s virtual Wilkes school board meeting that nine school buses are being used to take food prepared at those locations to 15 community stops.

He said 5,183 breakfast meals and 1,433 lunch meals were served on Monday. Johnson noted that breakfast meals are always given out at lunch on the prior day.

Serving times for food prepared at Central Wilkes Middle School are:

• C.C. Wright Elementary School on N.C. 115, 11:15 a.m.;

• Peace Street, North Wilkesboro, noon;

• Country Square Trailer Park on N.C. 16-18, Moravian Falls;

• Cub Creek Apartments off Industrial Drive, Wilkesboro, 12:30 p.m.;

• Windemere Apartments, 12:30 p.m.

Serving times for food prepared at Mulberry Elementary School are:

• JustSave store on N.C. 18 North, 11:15 a.m.;

• Sparta Springs Apartments on N.C. 18 North, 11:45 a.m.;

• North Wilkesboro Housing at J Street, 12:15 p.m.;

• Rock Creek IGÅ on N.C. 268 East, 11:30 a.m.

Serving times for food prepared at East Wilkes High School are:

• Thurmond Grocery on U.S. 21, 11:30 a.m.;

• Temple Hill United Methodist Church on Somers Road, 11:30 a.m.

The serving time for food prepared at Traphill Elementary School is 11:30 a.m. at the Austin Community Ball Park.

Serving times for food prepared at West Wilkes Middle School are:

• Allendale mobile home park near Welcome Home Baptist Church, 11:15 a.m.;

• Millers Creek Elementary on N.C. 16 North, noon;

• Mount Pleasant Elementary School on Champion-Mount Pleasant Road at 11:30 a.m.

“At this point, we’re waiting to see what our numbers are to determine if we need to consolidate sites for July,” said Johnson.

He also said the Wilkes County Schools served 540,868 meals at 20 sites during remote learning while in-person classes were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic from March 17 to May 29.

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