Midlands school districts provide free meals to students during school closures

Midlands school districts provide free meals to students during school closures

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - School districts in the Palmetto State will provide free meals to students during school closures, beginning March 16.

The school closures were announced Sunday afternoon by Gov. Henry McMaster in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

All schools in the state are closed through the end of March.

Below is information for school districts in the Midlands -- including the time and locations for meals, and any delivery services available.

Richland One

Starting March 30, families will be able to pick up a week’s worth of meals on Mondays. Parents are being asked to complete an online form in an effort to help Richland One’s nutrition staff know how many meals to prepare. After the form is completed, parents will receive a follow-up email once the form is completed.

All children under the age of 18 are eligible to receive free meals. The meals can be picked up curbside from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations:

Carver-Lyon Elementary School

2100 Waverly Street, Columbia, SC 29204

Hyatt Park Elementary School

4200 North Main Street, Columbia, SC 29203

Caughman Road Elementary School

7725 Caughman Road, Columbia, SC 29209

South Kilbourne Elementary School

1400 South Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205

Edward E. Taylor Elementary School

200 McRae Street, Columbia, SC 29203

St. Andrews Middle School

1231 Bluefield Drive, Columbia, SC 29210

Southeast Middle School

731 Horrell Hill Road, Hopkins, SC 29061

Eau Claire High School

4800 Monticello Road, Columbia, SC 29203

Lower Richland High School

2615 Lower Richland Boulevard, Hopkins, SC 29061

Richland One Central Kitchen

1224 Whitney Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Parents are asked to complete a form to receive meals. You may do so at this website.

Richland Two

Meal distribution will reopen on April 17 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. to give out five lunches per child. Meal distribution sites will be closed from April 20-24.

  • Bethel-Hanberry Elementary
  • Bridge Creek Elementary
  • Dent Middle School
  • Joseph Keels Elementary
  • Killian Elementary School
  • LW Corder Elementary
  • Longleaf Middle School
  • North Springs Elementary School
  • Polo Road Elementary School
  • Pontiac Elementary
  • Rice Creek Elementary School

Lexington One

Beginning April 3, parents and guardians taking advantage of Lexington County School District One’s free food program for children will pick up that day’s lunch as well as breakfast and lunch intended for Monday, April 6, and Tuesday, April 7.

Since the district will close for spring break, there will be no meal program for the rest of the week. The program will resume on Tuesday, April 14, with that day’s lunch and the next day’s breakfast.

Beginning Wednesday, April 15, the district’s feeding program will become a two day a week program (Mondays and Wednesdays):

  • On Wednesdays, the district provides Wednesday’s lunch and breakfast and lunch for the following Thursday and Friday.
  • On Mondays, the district provides Monday’s lunch, breakfast and lunch for Tuesday, and breakfast for Wednesday.

As a reminder, the program offers free food for children 18 years old and younger, as well as students with disabilities up to age 21.

Parents can pick up the meals, at any one of the seven schools designated as “grab and go” areas:

  • Carolina Springs Middle
  • Forts Pond Elementary
  • Gilbert Primary
  • Oak Grove Elementary
  • Red Bank Elementary
  • Rosenwald Community Learning Center
  • White Knoll Elementary or the areas designated as bus drop-offs.

The seven school sites serve from 11 a.m. through 1 p.m. Check the list of bus drop-off points for times and locations here.

Parents/guardians will need to bring a form of identification that proves their relationship to the child, such as an adoption decree, birth certificate, daycare record, religious record, or even a doctor, clinic or hospital record.

Lexington Two

Starting Thursday, March 19 and continuing every weekday through school closures: Lexington Two will provide meals five days a week at four school sites and by bus delivery for children in need during school closures due to COVID-19.

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

Buses will deliver meals along established routes. To see the bus routes, click here.

Lexington Three

Lexington Three has temporarily suspended its student feeding program after learning that someone working within the program has tested positive for COVID-19.

However, families still have the option to pick up food for their families thanks to Lexington One. Residents can pick up meals at Gilbert Primary School (520 Main Street, Gilbert) on the following dates and times:

Wednesday, April 15 (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) - Participants will get a breakfast and a lunch.

Monday, April 20 (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) - Participants will get two breakfasts and two lunches)

Wednesday, April 22 (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) - Participants will get three breakfasts and three lunches)

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.

Bus Route Information:

A bus carrying bagged meals will make three stops each Monday at several points within the district’s lines 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)

Lexington Four

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.

Transportation will be contacting the families of bus riders to coordinate delivery of meals which are scheduled to begin on Wednesday. More details about distribution of meals via buses will be published Tuesday.

Lexington Richland Five

Meal distribution sites are open on Mondays only. Students will receive five days worth of breakfast and lunch items during the Monday meal offering.

Beginning Monday, March 30, students do not need to be with their parents or guardians for them to pickup meals. However, parents will be asked for their student’s school ID, or will be required to list their children’s names.

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 (pickup now be located in the car rider line at the rear of the school)
  • 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 18 and younger.

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.

Kershaw County

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

Sumter County

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

Orangeburg County

As of April 20-25, Orangeburg County School District will continue delivering meals along our bus routes at the designated bus stops.

If your child does not ride the bus and you would like to participate, please call the Transportation office at 803-533-6336 or 803-533-6337 and they can provide you an approximate time to look for the bus.

Buses will make deliveries between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm daily. They are working to be consistent with bus arrival times at the bus stops, but please be patient as times may vary daily. If you have any questions regarding delivery, please use the phone numbers listed and their team will assist you.

The school district will only serve meals at the following school locations:

  • Mellichamp Elementary – 35 Murray Rd., Orangeburg, SC 29115
  • Marshall Elementary – 1441 Marshall St., Orangeburg, SC 29118
  • Edisto Primary – 3239 Cordova Rd., Cordova, SC 29039
  • Dover Elementary – 1411 Bedford Ave., North, SC 29112
  • Lake Marion High School – 3656 TeeVee Rd., Santee, SC 29142
  • Holly Hill Elementary – 1490 Brant Ave., Holly Hill, SC 29059
  • Branchville High School – 1349 Dorange Rd., Branchvville, SC 29432

The school meal service will be available according to the same schedule as bus delivery service and at the times listed above:

  • Monday – Pick up meals for Monday and Tuesday
  • Wednesday – Pick up meals for Wednesday
  • Thursday – Pick up meals for Thursday and Friday

Calhoun County

  • 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.

Fairfield County

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.

Lancaster County

No information yet shared. Please note students who attend school in this district can go to meal pick-up spots in other districts.

Lee County

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.

Newberry County

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

Saluda County

Starting Wednesday, March 23, meals will be provided Monday-Friday at the following locations and times:

  • Riverside Community Center: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Rubys (near Little River Landing): 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Oakwood Drive: 10:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.
  • Spearpoint Loop : 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The district will also use a mobile bus for student meal pick ups at the following locations and times:

  • Willow Creek Apartments for 10 minutes: 10: 30 a.m.
  • Juniper Drive for 15 minutes: 10: 45 a.m.
  • Denny/ East Wheeler Circle for 10 minutes: 11:05 a.m.
  • Saluda Livestock for 10 minutes: 11:20 a.m.
  • Hillview for 15 minutes: 11:40 a.m.
  • Village Road for 15 minutes: Noon

Saluda High School will continue to serve as a drive-thru site from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Rubys will also serve as a drive thru site for the Hollywood area from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

For more information, visit each school district’s website.

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