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100 Area Sites Serving Free Summer Meals to Kids and Teens Through CCSD's Seamless Summer Food Program
6/10/2016 1:52:56 PM

By Jeremy Tunstill, CCSD Food and Nutrition Services Field Supervisor

There are more than 50,000 children and teens enrolled in Charleston County Schools. Half of those students qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the school year.

And that’s the cold hard truth: 25,000 Charleston County children live in households where food is hard to come by.

During the school year, these kids are guaranteed two square meals at no cost to their families. CCSD’s Seamless Summer Food Program bridges the summer nutrition gap that many kids face once the school year ends – with free breakfast and lunch meals for kids and teens while school is out.

CCSD’s Seamless Summer Food Program operates June 6 – August 5.

This program is federally funded through the United States Department of Agriculture and the National School Lunch Program. Citizens often complain that their federal tax dollars go to this program. My response is always the same: “It’s never a child’s fault that they don’t have access to the same food many of us take for granted.  And I can’t think of a better federally funded program that I want my tax dollars going in to.”

There are 100 “open” sites – like churches, schools, community centers, and park and recreation departments – throughout Charleston County that are serving free summer meals to kids and teens. These sites are open to the community; that means any child can walk in to one of these sites to eat a free breakfast or lunch during the summer.

To find a site near you, please visit www.ccsdschools.comand click on “Summer Meals.” A comprehensive site list is available there that includes site name, address, contact info, and meal service times and days/dates.

Parent and families can also view CCSD’s summer meals breakfast and lunch menu by visiting our website. The menu has every date that each home-made hot lunch and breakfast is served.

For more information, please call 843-297-2240 or email SSFP manager 

A few CCSD 2015 Free Summer Meals statistics:

  • Served 329,531 free breakfasts and lunches
  • Served 158 sites across Charleston County
  • Of those 158 sites, 32 were churches or faith-based organizations; 64 were schools; and 62 were varied sites like community outreach centers, apartment complexes, and city parks and recreation centers
  • The average number of children or teens per site is 37; but we have some sites as small as ten and as large as 500



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