Berkeley, Charleston county schools to provide hot meals to students over summer break

Berkeley, Charleston county schools to provide hot meals to students over summer break

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Lowcountry schools will be providing hot meals to students this summer.


The Berkeley County School District will be provide free hot meals to students at six schools during the summer break.

The BCSD Summer Feeding Program kicks off June 1 and continues through Aug. 5 to serve children 18 years old and younger.

The six schools across the district will prepare both breakfast and lunch every day. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m., and lunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.

The six schools include St. Stephen Elementary School, Berkeley Middle School, Goose Creek Primary School, H.E. Bonner Elementary School, Goose Creek High School, and Devon Forest Elementary School.

There are approximately 65 other sites throughout the county that will provide meals for children. To locate a church or community site near you, or for serving times, please call (866) 348-6479 for English and (877) 842-6273 for Spanish.


Information provided by the Charleston County School District Food and Nutrition Services.

The deadline for sites interested in receiving and serving free summer meals to kids and teens is this Friday, May 6.

With summer right around the corner, it's time to think about keeping hungry children eating healthy while school is out. Charleston County School District's Nutrition Services Department will provide free breakfast and lunch meals to approved sites through its Seamless Summer Feeding Program (SSFP). The program will operate from Monday, June 6 – Friday, August 5. We operate Monday through Friday (no weekends) and will be closed for July 4th only.

Breakfast and home-made hot lunch meals are prepared at one of eleven meal preparation sites (CCSD school kitchens/cafeterias). Approved summer sites – like schools, camps, community and recreation centers, churches, etc. – pick up their breakfast and lunch meals on a daily basis from one of these ten locations. All necessary serving and eating utensils, plates, napkins, condiments etc. are provided.

Meals are available for pick-up throughout Charleston County, including McClellanville, Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston, James Island, Johns Island, Hollywood, downtown and West Ashley.

For the first time ever, we will be preparing meals in the heart of Mt. Pleasant at James B, Edwards Elementary School. This site will serve as a traditional pick-up location for summer meals, plus we will open the cafeteria daily for kids and teens to walk in and eat a free breakfast and/or lunch.

Applying to become a site that receives free breakfast and lunch meals is simple. Just go to and click on "Summer Meals."  CCSD's Seamless Summer Feeding Program website has everything you need to get started including: a site eligibility map, dates of operation, site application, menu, training dates, meal pick-up sites (schools), and FAQs.

The deadline for submitting your application is Friday, May 6, 2016.

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