School districts provide free meals to students
April 1, 2020
School districts provide free meals to students
As reported by WIS News, School districts in the Palmetto State will provide free meals to students during school closures. All schools in the state are closed through the end of March. On the WIS website you'll find information for school districts in the Midlands -- including the time and locations for meals, and any delivery services available. You can also learn of the latest updates on the Coronavirus at www.wistv.com/health/coronavirus/
Starting March 18, students 18 years old and younger will be able to pick up meals from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the time of pick-up students will receive a bag containing lunch and the next day’s breakfast. You can pick-up meals from the following locations:
- Carolina Springs Middle School, 6180 Platt Springs Road, Lexington, SC 29073
- Forts Pond Elementary School, 7350 Fish Hatchery Road, Pelion, SC 29123
- Gilbert Primary School, 520 Main Street, Gilbert, SC 29054
- Red Bank Elementary School, 246 Community Drive, Lexington, SC 29073
- Rosenwald Community Learning Center, 420 Hendrix Street, Lexington, SC 29072
- White Knoll Elementary School, 132 White Knoll Way, West Columbia, SC 29170
Oak Grove Elementary School located on 479 Oak Drive in Lexington is preparing food for bus delivery as it waits for approval as a “grab and go” site.
For Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17 and 18 ONLY: Students can pick up brown bag lunches, as well as breakfast for the next day, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at all of the district’s elementary schools:
- Cayce Elementary, 515 Bulldog Boulevard, Cayce
- Congaree Elementary, 1221 Ramblin Road, West Columbia
- Riverbank Elementary, 160 Cougar Drive, West Columbia
- Saluda River Academy for the Arts, 1520 Duke Street, West Columbia
- Springdale Elementary, 361 Wattling Road, West Columbia
- Herbert A. Wood Elementary, Congaree/Wood Early Childhood Program, 737 Pine Ridge Drive, West Columbia
Starting Thursday, March 19 and continuing every weekday through school closures: A brown-bag lunch will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., along with breakfast for the following day, at these locations:
- Airport High, 1315 Boston Avenue
- Cayce Elementary, 515 Bulldog Boulevard
- Riverbank Elementary, 160 Cougar Drive
- Wood Elementary, 737 Pine Ridge Drive
Starting Monday, March 16 and continuing every weekday through school closures: Turner AME Church will provide a lunch and snack from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. The church is at 1122 Monticello Road.
Starting on Tuesday, March 17, the district will provide meals to children via a bus route with designated stops, and also through a drive-thru line at Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School.
A few things to remember:
- The feeding program is free to all children under the age of 18.
- Children MUST be present in order to receive a bagged meal.
- Children will receive two bagged meals at a time (one breakfast and one lunch).
- The feeding program will only serve children on weekdays.
- The feeding program will run through at least March 31.
Meal pick-up at Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School:
Families can also pick-up food at Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The address is 403 South Lee Street, Leesville. Staff members will pass out the bagged meals in a drive-thru format at the front of the school. Please remember that children still need to be present in order to receive a bagged meal. Families are asked to please not exit their cars out of consideration of everyone’s health and well-being.
Bus Route Information:
A bus carrying bagged meals will make three stops each weekday at several points within the district in an effort to make food pick-up more accessible for families. Out of consideration for everyone’s health and well-being, we ask that only one family at a time approach the bus.
Please see the bus schedule below for meal pick-up locations and times:
- 11:00 am until 11:30 am - Mr. B’s Convenience Store near Leesville Gardens, (402 East Columbia Avenue, Leesville)
- 11:45 am until 12:15 pm - Empty Parking Lot Behind McDonald’s, (212 West Columbia Avenue, Batesburg)
- 12:30 pm until 1:15 pm - Old Hardee’s Parking Lot, (502 West Columbia Avenue, Batesburg)
- Drive-Through Pick-Up at Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School (403 South Lee Street Leesville
Families can also pick-up food at Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm starting on Tuesday, March 17th. Staff members will be passing out the bagged meals in a drive-through format in the bus loop of the school.
Please remember that children still need to be present in order to receive a bagged meal. Families are asked to please not exit their cars out of consideration of everyone’s health and well-being.
Meals are available in the front offices of Frances Mack Intermediate School, the Early Childhood Center, and Swansea High Freshman Academy.
Breakfast will be available for pickup from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Lunch will be available for pickup from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lexington Richland Five
Beginning next week (the week of Monday, March 23), School District Five will open feeding sites on Mondays only. Students will receive five days worth of breakfast and lunch items during the Monday meal offering.
There are six locations across the district serving meals from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the front of each school, under the canopy:
- H. E. Corley Elementary
- Harbison West Elementary
- Seven Oaks Elementary
- Irmo High
- Dutch Fork High
- Chapin High School
Items will be individually packaged, to-go food offerings with dietary information on the packaging. The service is only available for children ages 4 to 18, and children must be present to receive meals.
Meal drop-off deliveries will be provided on Mondays to the following apartment complexes at the following times: Waters at Berryhill Apartments from 11 to 11:30 a.m., River Oaks Apartments from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Irmo Village Apartments from 12:30 to 1 p.m.
Richland One will use school buses to deliver meals to neighborhoods throughout the district. In an effort to be more efficient and save time, starting Thursday, March 19 families will receive two meals (breakfast and lunch) at the same time.
Starting March 19-31--Breakfast and lunch pickup: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Families will receive two meals, lunch and breakfast for the following morning. There will no longer be two separate pickup times at the distribution sites.
Bus Meal Drop-offs Starting March 18-31
Breakfast and lunch delivery: starting at 11 a.m. district school buses will deliver two meals – lunch, as well as breakfast for the following morning – to 21 sites throughout the district. Refer to the chart below for specific drop off times and locations.
Students can pick-up breakfast from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m., and lunch will be available for pick-up from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the following sites (in the effort to support social-distancing practices, the meals cannot be consumed on-site):
- Bridge Creek Elementary
- Dent Middle School
- Joseph Keels Elementary
- Killian Elementary School
- Longleaf Middle School
- North Springs Elementary School
- Polo Road Elementary School
- Rice Creek Elementary School
Students can pick-up breakfast from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m., and lunch will be available for pick-up from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the following sites:
- Bethune Elementary School
- Blaney Elementary School
- Camden High School
- North Central Middle School
Starting March 20, students can get breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students must be present at the time of pick-up as no food can be consumed on-site. Breakfast and lunch will be distributed in the bus pick-up area at each school. At 10 a.m. buses will deliver meals to specific pick-up spots throughout the community:
- New Bethel Church, Pack Road, Crescent Mobile Homes and American Mobile Homes
- DeLaine Community Center, Rembert Post Office and Pisgah Crossroads
- Manchester Post Office, Shiloh Community Center, Mayesville Post Office and Catchall Center
- Ebenezer Center, Frierson Mobile Homes, Windsor City, Birnie Hope Center and South Hope Center
- North Hope Center, Jehovah Center and Trinity Baptist Church
- Salterstown Center and National Guard Armory
Students can get breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bus drivers will begin delivering meals along bus routes throughout the district at 10:30 a.m. and will make regular stops, enabling students to pick up bagged lunches from the bus.
Meals may be picked up by students 18 and younger at any school location.
- Students may pick-up meals from each school’s cafeteria beginning at 9 a.m.
- Starting at 9 a.m., buses will travel normal routes and stop to deliver meals at each stop for students waiting there.
Clarendon County One
Pick-up meals will be available beginning Tuesday, March 17 at Summerton Early Childhood Center and Scott’s Branch High School from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily.
Clarendon County Two
Beginning Tuesday, March 17, lunch and breakfast can be picked up from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Manning Elementary School at the cafeteria entrance at the rear of the school. These grab-and-go bag meals will include lunch for the day and breakfast for the next morning.
Clarendon County Three
Meal distribution will begin on Wednesday, March 18. A detailed schedule and additional information will be released Tuesday.
Grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches will be distributed through pick-up lines outside of every school. Breakfasts will be distributed from 8 to 9 a.m. and lunches from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
No information yet shared. Please note students who attend school in this district can go to meal pick-up spots in other districts.
Tuesday, March 16 through March 31, nutritionally-balanced meals can be picked up at the following locations for all children 18 years old and younger:
- Ashland Stokes Bridge, 3018 Una Road -- 7 to 8 a.m.
- Ashwood fire Station (Station 3), 4396 Sumter Highway -- 7 to 8 a.m.
- Black River (Station 7), 1417 Darlington Highway -- 8:20 to 9:20 a.m.
- Calvary Church Fire Station, 20 Shearer Road -- 8:20 to 9:20 a.m.
- Dennis Elementary School, 321 Roland Street -- 7 to 8 a.m.
- Lynchburg (Station 2), 515 S.C. Highway 341 -- 7 to 8 a.m.
- Red Hill (Station 5), 763 McCaskill Road -- 8:20 to 9:20 a.m.
- Springhill (Station 10), 4082 Rembert Church Road -- 7 to 8 a.m.
- Turkey Creek (Station 6), 2384 Hubb Kelly Road -- 8:20 to 9:20 a.m.
- Una Alcott (Station 8), 2346 Highway 15 North -- 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.
Students will be able to pick up meals from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Students will receive the current day’s lunch and breakfast for the next morning. Parents can select one site to serve all of their children. Meals can be picked up at the following locations:
- Mid-Carolina High School
- Newberry High School
- Newberry Middle School
- Pomaria Garmany Elementary
- Whitmire Community School
Starting Wednesday, March 18, meals will be available any every school. Distribution times will be shared Tuesday.
For more information, visit each school district’s website.
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