Summer Resources for Families Wayne County Public Schools

WCPS has created a Summer Resource Guide in hopes of providing some direction for our community when information may be harder to find. With schools out for summer, we know our families may need some additional help and we believe this guide could provide the answers to any questions they may have. A few of the things we've included are food assistance options, mental health hotlines, summer enrichment opportunities for children, and helpful government agencies to follow.



Governor Roy Cooper has announced that 2-1-1 is the number to call for assistance and resources related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. NC 2-1-1 is an information and referral service, operated by United Way of North Carolina, where families and individuals can obtain free and confidential information on health and human service resources within their community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Resources are available in most languages. Call 2-1-1 for immediate assistance.


If you're in need of childcare, call 888-600-1685 from 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday. The childcare programs you will be directed to will all meet health, safety, and operational guidelines for infants through age 12.


Optum has a toll-free 24-hour Emotional Support Help Line at 866-342-6892 for people who may be experiencing anxiety or stress around COVID-19


The National Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 offers crisis counseling and emotional support 24 hours a day for anyone experiencing distress or other mental health concerns during the COVID-19 outbreak


Text HOME to 741741 to reach a Crisis Counselor Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support via a medium people already use and trust: text.

Food Assistance

With schools out for summer, here are some helpful resources for families who may need meal assistance for their child. With the United Way of Wayne County serving as Point of Contact for Mobilizing Community Needs, their website should be monitored for any updates and change in service hours
  • The Community Soup Kitchen (112 W. Oak Street) serves take-out Monday thru Saturday from 11:00 to 12:00 pm
  • Salvation Army distributes Food boxes Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:30. and perishables are distributed daily at 2:30 pm
  • Higher Calling Ministries, located at 600 N. Madison Avenue in Goldsboro, will serve carryout meals every 4th Wednesday from 6-7:30 PM.
  • Community Crisis Center, located at 607 S. Slocumb Street in Goldsboro, serves lunch Tuesdays and Fridays from 1:00-2:15. They also offer a food pantry and hygiene bags from 12:30-3 pm.
  • The Three in One Family Center will be distributing boxes of vegetables near the Farm Credit Farmers Market at the Maxwell Center, from June-August, every Monday at 10:00 A.M.
  • Starting July 6th, the Three in One Family Center will also be sponsoring free summer meals at Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) 4354 US 117 ALT, Dudley, NC 28333. Meals will be distributed Monday-Friday 11 AM- 1 PM.
  • Make a Difference Food Pantry serves hot meals, sandwich bags, and produce bags Mondays, Wednesdays at Fridays at New Hope Friends Church from 5:00-6:00 PM. They also serve at Stoney Creek Free Will Baptist Church from 5:00-6:00 PM on Wednesdays and Fridays. They serve hot meals on Wednesdays at Brogden United Methodist Church from 5:00-6:00 PM and hold a food distribution at the location every third Saturday from 10:00-11:30 AM. They serve hot meals Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 12:00-1:00 PM at Make a Difference Food Pantry. At that location they distribute food and baby supplies Thursdays from 2:00-5:30 PM.
  • Rebuilding Broken Places (2105 N William Street) is serving lunch weekdays (must be under 18) from 12:00 pm till 1:30 pm. 919-581-9178.
  • The Boys & Girls Club serves hot lunch for any child under 18. They have pickup locations in Goldsboro, Fremont and Mt. Olive Club from Monday-Friday. 11:30-1:00 PM.
  • Herman Park Center & W.A. Foster Center will be serving school-aged children with free meals Monday-Friday from 12:15PM-1:15PM. The meals are pre-packaged, and delivered fresh to each site daily.

Summer Enrichment

WCPS manages and operates the Wayne County Education Alliance Channel (WCEA) that offers educational programming on Spectrum Cable's Channel 18, across Goldsboro/Wayne County.

Wayne County Public Library

WCPL has a Summer Reading Program for children! Monday-Thursday, there is a new class with a different focus to provide enriching at-home learning. WCPL will be airing their programming through their Facebook page.

The Tuesday-Thursday programming will be shown on the WCPS Education Channel on Channel 18 on Spectrum Cable.

Literacy Connections of Wayne County

Tune in every evening at 7:00 PM for a new episode of Story Time Online during the month of July! All new episodes are being aired of Story Time Online via YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

UNC-TV Summer At-Home Learning

The summer AHL programming block for grades 4-12 will air on the NC Channel from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM each day. Each week new programming is selected to vary the content aired.

The PreK-3 audience will continue to be directed to the flagship channel, UNC-TV, for the Rootle programming block from 6:30 AM-1:30 PM each day.

The Wayne County Government offers a COVID-19 website that shares local resources, a tracking tool, as well as additional health information that will be beneficial to monitor during the summer months.

The City of Goldsboro frequently posts important city-wide announcements that may be helpful to monitor. The city regularly post about summer programs, events, and many other local activities your child may wish to partake in as school is out for summer!

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC is a reliable source of information when looking for further guidance in the event you or your child develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19.