Duplin County Schools resumed its distribution of student meals Monday and will continue through Thursday. Meals will not be delivered Friday in observance of Good Friday and will resume April 13.
Student meals can be picked up between the hours of 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Meal bags are available at the following six schools: Beulaville Elementary, BF Grady Elementary, North Duplin Elementary, Rose Hill-Magnolia Elementary, Wallace Elementary and Warsaw Elementary.
Safety remains a top priority, so everyone is asked to stay in their vehicle at all times. Due to logistics and safety concerns, there will be a maximum of four plates per car, per day.
The Duplin County Water Department will not disconnect service to residential customers for non-payment for at least 60 days.
Late fees will not be imposed during this time, but customers are encouraged to keep bill payments current, if possible, to avoid a large balance due once the deferment period has ended.
An Agriculture Assistance Hotline has been set up to help those in the NC agriculture industry who need help with COVID-19 related issues.
Call 1-866-747-9823 or email Covid19Questions@ncagr.gov.
All county departments are functioning with alternative operating procedures. We strongly recommend citizens utilize phone and internet options to conduct business with county departments when possible.
Some families that receive Food and Nutrition Services (Food Stamps) will receive a temporary increase in benefits on their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card for the months of March and April.
This increase is available only to families that do not regularly receive the maximum amount for the eligible members in their household.
For example, a family of four would be eligible to receive a total of $646.00 for each of the two months regardless of their usual benefit amount (for example, if a family of four typically receives $300.00 in benefits, they would receive a supplement in the months of March and April in the amount of $346.00).
Households that have already received the maximum amount for their household size will not receive additional benefits.
Benefits for March will be added over 10 days beginning April 1, and benefits for April will be added beginning April 22. The list of individuals to receive their increased benefits each night will be randomly generated over the 10-day period.
To check the availability of benefits, families should call 1-888-622-7328.
North Carolina is not providing Disaster Food Stamps at this time; however, individuals impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to apply for benefits at https://epass.nc.gov/CitizenPortal/application.do or pick up a paper application from curbside service at Duplin County Social Services.