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Johnston schools to suspend meal service

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SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County public schools will suspend meal distribution and delivery starting April 8.

“The last day of service will be Tuesday, April 7,” the school system said in an email on Friday. “On this day, students will receive multi-day meal bags and information regarding food resources from other community partners.”

The schools had been distributing lunch and breakfast at 13 campuses and delivering meals to 15 community drop-off sites. In all, the schools were getting meals into the hands of some 13,000 students, said spokesman Nathaniel Shelton.

“This decision was made, out of an abundance of caution, to protect the health and safety of the students, their families and our staff, and to provide the school nutrition department time to replenish supplies and train staff on additional safety protocols,” Shelton said.

The school system said it would reevaluate the suspension after spring break, which ends April 17.