Summer Food Service Program now offering free meals to children
The South Carolina Department of Education announced the kickoff of its annual Summer Food Service Program which serves free nutritious meals to any child under the age of 18 at community sites across the state.
"I am so excited about this year's Summer Food Service Program that will provide millions of meals to children across our state," said State Superintendent Molly Spearman in a press release sent Tuesday. "I am looking forward to continuing the program's success and strengthening the partnerships with our parents and community sites in South Carolina."
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the South Carolina Department of Education. SFSP sites began operating earlier this month and will offer free, nutritious meals to children 18 years of age and under through Aug. 11.
This year, more than 1,500 summer food sites are located in schools, churches, recreation centers, camps, parks and many other community facilities across South Carolina. Last year, the SFSP served over four million meals. In addition to nutritious meals, many of the sites provide fun summer learning opportunities and activities that help keep children active and combat summer learning loss.
The following locations are included for the Upstate: Berea High School, Greenville Senior High, Greer High, Alexander Elementary, Berea Middle, Sue Celeveland Elementary, East North Street Academy, Lakeview Middle, Monaview Elementary, Pelham Road Elementary, Slater Marietta Elementary, Tanglewood Middle, Westcliffe Elementary, Grove Elementary, Heritage Elementary, Robert E. Cashion Elementary, Thomas E. Kerns Elementary, AJ Whittenberg Elementary, Travelers Rest UMC, Crestwood Forrest Apartments, Greenville Multicultural, and San Souci Church in Greenville, and Roebuck Elementary, Woodland Heights Elementary, Jesse S. Bobo Elementary, Lone Oak Elementary, Dorman High, Fairforest Middle and CC Woodson Community Center in Spartanburg.
To find a summer food site near you:
1) Visit www.SCSummerFood.com;
2) Call 1-866-3-HUNGRY (348-6479) or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (342-6273); or
3) Text 'FOOD' to 877-877
As part of the SFSP Kickoff, Governor Henry McMaster issued a proclamation declaring June 11-17 as Summer Food Service Program Awareness Week.