BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) – Many children in the Lowcountry depend on school lunch programs for food, and with summer vacation less than two weeks away, some families are worried about how they will feed their children .
The Berkeley County School District Children’s Nutrition Department says they are getting ready for their summer meal program.
For the summer meal program, the BCSD says it is partnering with local community centers in neighborhoods that can be volunteer summer feeding sites. BCSD Child Nutrition Supervisor Paul Hart says they’re looking for places that are easily accessible or even within walking distance.
“We really want to provide some security for our community, so that the kids in our community can be kids and not worry about food insecurities,” Hart said.
Hart adds that due to understaffing, they are always looking for community volunteers and people to prepare meals.
The BCSD says they will be offering hot meals for an hour at breakfast and lunch for students in the district. The breakfast service will be from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and the lunch service will be from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Any student 18 years of age or younger can receive free meals. No pre-registration is required and they can show up on any day between June 21 and August 6.
Hart says they’re also offering weekend meals this year. Students will be able to pick them up on Thursday from Friday to Sunday.
He says they prepared an average of 3,500 meals a day last year and expect to serve about 3,200 meals a day this summer.
Anyone wishing to apply as a summer food partner can do so on the BCSD website.
The list of current feeding locations can also be found on this site.
Dorchester School District 2
Dorchester School District 2 said it would release information about its summer catering service later Thursday.
At the moment, they have six school sites and their program also starts on June 21st.
Charleston County School District
The Charleston County School District says they also have a summer feeding program.
The CCSD says it is ready to distribute approximately 4,000 lunches and 3,000 breakfasts each day. The program will serve 113 sites throughout Charleston County.
The programs run from June 21 to August 2 and the CCSD says all children under the age of 18 are eligible for their summer programs.
Registration closes at 5 p.m. on the Friday preceding each week and can be completed in a Google doc provided by the district.
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