Summer Nutrition Programs To Start Around The State

Many students across the Midlands rely on their school cafeterias for their only meals of the day and during the summer, they often go hungry.

"Hunger does not take a vacation," Skot Garrick with Harvest Hope Food Bank said.

June may wrap up the school year, but things are just getting started at Harvest Hope.

"We do see a lot more children, we see a lot more families beginning the first week of June when school's out," Garrick said.

Harvest Hope says that summer meals only reached 19 out of 100 low-income children who ate school lunches.

And they're trying to reach a little farther with some help.

"We also partner with about 525 feeding organizations, like churches, who get food from us and then take back out directly into the community," Garrick said.

Their goal is to provide 6 million meals over the summer and they're not alone.

Some school districts are opening up their cafeterias.

"Students from other communities can come here as well they don't just have to be from our community," Todd Bedenbaugh with Richland-Lexington 5 said.

The district will be using Irmo High School as one of their open sites.

"This year we are doing a little something different, we're offering hot food a couple days a week and not just cold food like a lot of districts," Bedenbaugh said. "This year we're doing a whole wheat pizza and a hamburger."

One of the major problems with children getting food during the summer is a lack of transportation, but the district made a partnership to fix that.

"We've kind of expanded it a little bit more this year, we're working with a church to deliver meals to some low-income apartments," Bedenbaugh said.

To see if your school district has a summer nutrition program, call into their main office.

DSS also has a list of organizations county-by-county that offer a summer nutrition programs.


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