For many children and teens, summer can be an exciting time filled with vacations, playtime, camps, and relaxation. But for others who rely on daily school meals, it can be a stressful time when you don’t know where your next meal will come from.
About 25,000 students – or half of Charleston County School District’s (CCSD) total enrollment – qualify for free or reduced priced school meals during the school year. CCSD’s Seamless Summer Feeding Program (SSFP) works to fill the nutrition gap when school is out for summer. Last summer, CCSD served 241,796 free breakfast and lunch meals at 164 sites.
For nine weeks this summer, the District’s Nutrition Services Department will again provide free breakfast and lunch to approved sites in Charleston County through the SSFP. The program will begin Monday, June 10, 2019, and run through Friday, August 9, 2019 (closed weekends and July 4, 2019).
Breakfast and home-made hot lunches are prepared at one of 11 meal preparation locations (CCSD school kitchens/cafeterias). Representatives from approved summer sites, including schools, camps, community and recreation centers, and churches, can pick up their free meals on a daily basis from one of the 11 locations.
Any child or teen 18 years old or younger that goes to one of the approved summer sites can eat a free breakfast and/or lunch. There is no approval process for individual children because the site itself already qualifies to receive the free summer meals. All necessary serving and eating utensils, plates, napkins, and condiments are provided.
Meals are available for pick-up throughout the county, including McClellanville, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, James Island, Johns Island, Hollywood, downtown Charleston, and West Ashley.
Applying to become a site that receives free meals is simple. Visit CCSD’s Seamless Summer Feeding Program page on the District website; there you will find a site eligibility map, site application, menu, training dates, the 11 meal pick-up locations (schools), and FAQ’s.
The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, May 3, 2019. For more information about the SSFP, contact Jeremy Tunstill, CCSD’s Office of Nutrition Services Officer, at (843) 297-2240 or firstname.lastname@example.org.