- Texting Tool Available to Access Food for Children: Parents who need food assistance for their children can text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. The texting service is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877.
- Additionally, No Kid Hungry NC has created a map of local school sites, community organizations, and food assistance programs across North Carolina where families can access food. The interactive map is updated daily.
- Notice: Many of the facilities we sponsor for CACFP remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Enrolled children who are still attending these facilities continue to receive USDA approved meals and snacks.
- ALL families are asked to comply with the Governor’s request that they and their children remain at home.
- North Carolina is instituting the COVID-19 Emergency Child Care Program to provide child care for essential personnel as defined in Executive Order #119 for their children, birth to age 12. See page 3 Section 2 of https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO119.pdf
- Child care providers wishing to remain open must register with DCDEE to participate as a COVID-19 Emergency Child Care Provider and commit to:
- Provide child care for essential personnel or for children who are homeless or in unstable or unsafe living arrangements
- Comply with updated health guidelines
- Have adequate staffing
- Have adequate supplies and resources, including diapers, food, cleaning supplies, etc.
- File a daily online report of vacancies, staffing and attendance
- Statewide Child Care Emergency Hot Line – 888-600-1685 for essential workers to connect with available child care.
- Partners for Children & Families is working with County and State Emergency Management Systems and key community agencies to assist child care providers to find needed supplies.
- For parents needing subsidies, they may participate in the Essential Worker Child Care Subsidy Program. Parents must attest that they:
- earn below 300% of poverty (family of 4 about $78,000)
- are employed in an essential position
- do not have available any other option for child care
NOTE: Child care providers will not have to verify the above. Additionally, all copays are waived through April and May.
- Questions about child care subsidy: 1-800-859-0829 or 1-919-814-6300
- To locate school-age care availability call: 1-800-859-0829
Financial and Employee Support Resources
- Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act - Small Business Guide and Checklist: http://d31hzlhk6di2h5.cloudfront.net/20200327/41/80/83/a4/376d3ee8bd362fa16a3d720b/USChamber_Small_Business_ELA_Loan_Guide.pdf
- US Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act Employee Rights: https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf
A Note from Stuart Mills, Executive Director of Moore County Literacy Council