Lexington District One updates food program for children

On April 2, 2020

Dear Lexington District One Family:

we wanted to make sure you had the latest information about changes to our free food for children feeding program.

On Friday, April 3, 2020, parents/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.

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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.

The parent/guardian can have the children in the car or, if they do not have the children, they will need to present some form of valid identification for each child.

The child’s school identification card, passport, government-issued identification card, or even a homework assignment with the child’s name and school on it will suffice. The parent/guardian will also 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.

Thanks for all you do. If you have questions about your particular situation, please email Ashley Summers in Food Services at asummers@lexington1.net.

Mary Beth Hill

Chief Communications Officer

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March 17, 2020

Dear Parents and Staff:

Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Lexington County School District One will offer a free food program for children 18 years old and younger.

The program, federally funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered through the South Carolina Department of Education and Lexington County School District One, provides and serves meals to children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

The program runs Monday through Friday throughout the district’s closure due to COVID-19.

Since all food is “grab and go,” the plan to feed students allows parents to drive into the student drop-off area of any one of the school food sites from 11 a.m. through 1 p.m. No food will be consumed on-site.

At that time, children age 18 and younger will receive a bag containing lunch and the next day’s breakfast. Those children, however, must be present in the vehicle at the time of pick up.

The district appreciates the outpouring of support and offers of volunteers to help with the meals. We believe it best, however, to follow CDC guidelines and eliminate groups of people gathering for any reason.

As we were all concerned about the children who depend on school meals each day, our Food Service and Nutrition staff is excited to be able to offer this program.

The following locations will serve as food program “grab and go” sites:

1. Carolina Springs Middle School, 6180 Platt Springs Road, Lexington, SC 29073;

2. Forts Pond Elementary School, 7350 Fish Hatchery Road, Pelion, SC 29123;

3. Gilbert Primary School, 520 Main Street, Gilbert, SC 29054;

4. Oak Grove Elementary School, 479 Oak Drive, Lexington, SC 29073 (pending approval);

5. Red Bank Elementary School, 246 Community Drive, Lexington, SC 29073;

6. Rosenwald Community Learning Center, 420 Hendrix Street, Lexington, SC 29072; and

7. White Knoll Elementary School, 132 White Knoll Way, West Columbia, SC 29170.

IMPORTANT NOTE — The district is also developing a plan to get food out to certain areas. Once that plan is complete, we will notify you of those locations.

Mary Beth Hill
Chief Communications Officer