Charleston summer food program seeks organizations to provide meals for needy children

The Charleston County School District is accepting applications from organizations to provide meals for children who may not have regular access to food over the summer.

The Charleston County School District is accepting applications for its summer food program that serves children who may not have regular access to meals while school is out.

The school district’s Nutrition Services Department will provide free breakfast and lunch June 8 through Aug. 7 as part of its Seamless Summer Feeding Program, funded through the National School Lunch Program.

Nonprofit organizations such as churches, recreation centers, summer camps and community centers that are located in school attendance zones where 50 percent or more of a school’s students qualify for free or reduced lunch are eligible to receive meals through the program.

Approved organizations pick up the meals at one of 10 school cafeterias across the county. All children at a qualifying site age 18 and under may receive a free meal. The school district anticipates providing around 202,000 lunches and 110,000 breakfasts to 160 organizations this summer.

Organizations interested in receiving meals can apply online at www.ccsdschools.com, click on the “school meals” link and then click on “summer meals program.” The deadline to apply is May 8. For more information, call 746-1376.