UPDATE: Pitt County Schools see increase in meal distribution during pandemic

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - Pitt County School leaders say there's been an increase in the amount of students who need meals during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Gretchen Wilson, Director of School Nutrition in Pitt County, says the school system reached a milestone and served more than 200,000 meals so far.

She says the number of students they serve increases each day.

"Everyday we increase 100-300 students who come and get our meals in the different locations. We are definitely seeing the growth happening in the county," said Wilson.

Wilson says they are serving plated meals through a grab and go style at 12 school sites and 38 buses are also delivering meals to neighborhoods.

The grab and go option will continue through Thursday, April 9. After that, the food will be delivered to neighborhoods via bus routes. Six new routes will be added starting Monday.

"If you're not already seeing a bus come through your neighborhood, check out the Pitt County Schools website... if you don't have an address near one of the sites, call a high school and let them know you need to get a meal," said Wilson

Wilson says right now, keeping up with supply is the biggest challenge, but they will continue distributing meals as long as there is a need.

A school system here in Eastern Carolina hit a milestone -- serving more than 200,000 meals during the coronavirus outbreak.

Pitt County Schools accomplished that today.

The 'grab & go' meal distribution began last month, first with distribution sites at schools and then staff delivering meals to neighborhoods.

The meals are for anyone 18 years old and younger.

A sign signifying the milestone of 200,000 meals was placed outside the school system's central office on West 5th Street in Greenville. It was donated by Sign Gypsies, according to the school system.