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During the “Stay at Home” order issued for North Carolina due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, there are solutions for those in need of food. The Bladen Disaster Recovery Team (BDRT), a local non-profit, in partnership with DreamWorks is working to help provide food for those in need in Bladen County. Also, the Bladen County Schools offered the following update about Meal Delivery for students.

They announced, “April 20 Meal Delivery by Bus Update: We are so grateful to our child nutrition staff, bus drivers, and transportation department who have been serving and delivering meals to children since March 16. We know the delivery process has been challenging for parents (and staff) and we greatly appreciate your patience (and kind words) as we continue to work to get it right.”


The announcement continued, “Using exact GPS bus data, the BCS transportation department has been able to monitor and track the bus feeding routes over the last week. From that data, the transportation department has revised the feeding routes to show more accurate stop times and locations. The bus should arrive at the listed stop locations within a 10-minute window. To receive a meal you will need to be at the designated stop location closest to your home address within 10-minutes before and 10-minutes after the listed stop time.”

Later this week the Schools will be rolling out a mobile app that will allow you to track a bus route, alerting you when the bus is close to your address. Look for information to come about this exciting new program.

Click link to view the updated routes > https://www.bladen.k12.nc.us/Page/5954

Meredith DuBose on behalf of Bladen Disaster Recovery Team (BDRT), a local non-profit, in partnership with DreamWorks said, “Due to the generous donations and funding we have received, the BDRT and DreamWorks will be able to continue supplying food to those in need. We had a deadline, but that has been extended.”

DuBose explained, “So now anyone in need of food and impacted by COVID can apply now.”

To access and complete an application, visit https://www.bladendisasterrecoveryteam.org/ or the BDRT Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/BladenDisasterRecoveryTeam/.

DuBose added, “If you do not have access to the internet you can call the helpline at 910-651-8344. After applications are reviewed we will reach out to let families know if they have been approved.”

She continued, “We cannot guarantee all homes will be approved as several factors will be considered to determine our ability to help.”