Free Lunch Program For NC School System Children During School Closings Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

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Free Lunch Program For North Carolina School System Children During School Closings Due to COVID-19 Outbreak


the loyalist matthews ncEveryone’s lives have been changed with the Coronavirus and children who receive free lunches are in serious need of meals right now. With schools being called off the remainder of the month due to the COVID-19 Outbreak, many local restaurants have taken the lead to fill that void at the direction of one restaurant owner. Where there is a need, people will often do what they can to fulfill that need. 


In this case, many kudos to Christopher Sottile of The Loyalist Market for organizing a much needed drive to feed Charlotte area school children. Children who are currently receiving free lunches within the North Carolina School system will be offered free lunches for the next two weeks (through 3/30/2020).


Their mission is to feed local kids lunches as well as to be able write paychecks to some restaurant workers who otherwise wouldn't have been earning one.  Chris has partnered with some of the best purveyors in Charlotte to accomplish a rather lofty goal of serving 3,000 lunches to Charlotte-area youth through the end of this month.  


Participating local businesses:

The Loyalist Market

Baked & Tempered

Good Cup Coffee

The Goodyear House

Giving with HeartTrue Crafted Pizza

Nothing But Noodles


Enderly Coffee Company

Chef Alyssa's Kitchen

Johnson & Wales University

Noble Smoke

Your Mom's Donuts

Alternative Chef

Heist Brewing Barrel Arts

Sweet Girl Cookies

Queen Charlotte Pimento Cheese

Sweet's Syrup

Kristopher's Sports Bar

Common Market SouthEnd

Common Market Oakwold

Provisions Waxhaw

Cuzzo's Cuisine

Empanada Queen


Even with the mandate to close local restaurants, this drive continues. Chris and the other business owners have adapted to the restrictions and will continue to post any changes on their Facebook pages. There are now 22 participating locations in every quadrant of Charlotte. Now, if that doesn’t make your heart smile, I don’t know what will!


At the the moment, this is takeout only, but Chris is organizing with volunteers that may be able to assist with delivery. If you can help, please email If you can’t get out but, want to help, visit their GoFund me page and donate. 


Map of restaurant locations




We are loving seeing the residents of our beautiful, giving Charlotte, making a difference and changing lives.


© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | | Free Lunch Program For North Carolina School System Children During School Closings Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

Originally posted at on March 16, 2020.


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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Debe. The city of Chicago is providing the same free meals that are provided when school is on session. Nice to see private party participation in your area. Enjoy your day! 

Mar 22, 2020 03:42 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Debe Maxwell, CRS in times of need, and all of our country is in need, people help people..... and that's what makes us stronger than other countries.....

I hope you, Ray and your family (pets included!) are healthy...... are you feeling better, Debe?

Mar 22, 2020 05:58 AM #2
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am so glad that there are so many programs like this across the country for the kids to still get lunch each and every day.

Mar 22, 2020 06:00 AM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I think many cities have done the same for the kids in school...America is great in these times...A

Mar 22, 2020 09:42 AM #4
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS - What a wonderful thing to do. It is all about the community coming together to take on the challenges before us and our children.

Mar 22, 2020 11:27 AM #5
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debe in times of need people come forward and pull together.

Mar 22, 2020 03:09 PM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Debe- this is when we show our strength as a nation!  In our school district-Cy-Fair, children who live in the district can come to designated schools to get a free lunch and dinner. This not only feeds the children but helps to keep the cafeteria workers working. 

Mar 22, 2020 07:46 PM #7
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