Since Governor Henry McMaster’s executive order in March that closed schools, Lexington-Richland School District Five is one of many local districts that has continued to serve meals for students.
Free pickup for breakfast and lunch items are available at six different sites. In the district's first week of serving meals, more than 9,700 meals were served. Nearly 34,500 were served in the second week and 44,100 meals have been served this week alone.
Student nutrition director Todd Bedenbaugh expressed his gratitude for the employees in student nutrition. “These employees are essential without a doubt because we have people in our community that need food during this time of layoffs, and we are providing nutritious meals to them. School District Five is a community and it takes a village to feed our community, and I think we are doing a great job,” he said.
Meals are available for children age 18 or younger are offered on Mondays only at six Lexington-Richland District Five schools. Students receive five days of breakfast and lunch items during the weekly meal offerings.
Students are not required to be present at feeding sites, however, parents and guardians picking up the students’ meals must show a valid student ID card if they have them. If they do not have the student ID card, they are required to sign their name and list their children’s names to receive the meals. These steps are taken per guidelines of the USDA to maintain integrity of the program.
The following locations in Lexington-Richland School District Five are serving meals on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the front of each school:
- H. E. Corley Elementary
- Harbison West Elementary
- Seven Oaks Elementary
- Irmo High
- Dutch Fork High
- Chapin High
Meal drop-off deliveries will also be provided on Mondays to the following apartment complexes:
- Waters at Berryhill Apartments 11:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
- River Oaks Apartments 11:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m.
- Irmo Village Apartments 12:30 p.m. -1:00 p.m.
Additional information about meal drop-offs and pickups is available on Lexington-Richland School District Five’s website.