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York, Chester and Lancaster County children can eat free this summer. Here’s how.

Free meals are available this summer to children in York, Lancaster and Chester Counties.

The Summer Food Service Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the South Carolina Department of Education. The program serves healthy meals to children and teens in low-income areas at no charge primarily during the summer months when school is not in session, according to York County’s website.

For more information, text FOOD to 877-877 or call 803-909-7511 or 866-348-6479.

The York school district, in partnership with Chartwells dining services, runs the York County program.

Meals are provided at sites across the York County region from June 10 to Aug. 2. Check each site for dates and meal times:

  • Magnolia/Fairview Apartments: 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • Cedar Terrace Apartments in York: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • York Recreation Center: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • Sharon Park: 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • Hickory Grove Park: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • Vision and Beyond Christian Ministries in Rock Hill: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • Refreshing Word Church in Fort Mill: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday

Several sites also offer free meals to children enrolled in their programs. These are: York Middle School, Cotton Belt Elementary (Boys and Girls Club), YMCA, York Recreation Center, Clover High School, Kinard Elementary, Flexible Learning Center, Next Level Gymnastics, Agape Children’s Programs, Nazareth Baptist Church, Rock Hill High School, Jefferson Elementary, Vision and Beyond Christian Ministries and Faith Assembly of God in Rock Hill, according to the York school district.

For questions, call Melaina Miranda at 803-818-6360.

Lancaster County:

Under the Summer Food Service Program, the Lancaster County School District offers free summer meals for children 18 and younger. The program runs from June 3-27, with meals offered Monday through Thursday.

Adults may purchase breakfast for $2.40 and lunch for $4. Locations and times:

  • A.R. Rucker Middle and Andrew Jackson Middle School: Lunch is served 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • Clinton Elementary: Breakfast is served 7-8 a.m., and lunch is served 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Clinton will also host summer meals July 8-18.
  • Brooklyn Springs Elementary: Breakfast is served 7-8 a.m., and lunch is served 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Call 803-286-6972 for more information.

Chester County:

The Chester County School District’s Read-Feed-Succeed program runs June 10 to Aug. 1. Children 18 years old and younger will receive free lunch and tutoring at select sites.

11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Monday-Thursday, June 17-June 28:

  • Brainerd institute - 115 Marquis St., Chester

12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday, June 10-Aug 1:

  • Chester Park School of Literacy through Technology - 835 Lancaster Hwy, Chester
  • Chester Park School of Inquiry - 835 Lancaster Hwy, Chester
  • Chester Park School of the Arts - 835 Lancaster Hwy, Chester

  • Lewisville Elementary - 4006 Lewisville High School Road, Richburg

  • Great Falls Elementary School - 301 Dearborn St., Great Falls

  • Lewisville Middle School - 3595 Lancaster Hwy, Richburg

  • Great Falls Middle School - 409 Sunset Ave., Great Falls

  • Chester High School - 1330 JA Cochran Bypass, Chester

  • Lewisville High School - 3971 Lewisville High School Road, Richburg

  • Great Falls High School - 409 Sunset Ave., Great Falls

11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Monday-Thursday, June 17-Aug 1:

  • Brown’s Chapel - 728 Charity Rd., Chester
  • Metropolitan AME Zion Church - 182 York St., Chester
  • YMCA - 157 Columbia St., Chester
  • Big Calvary Church - 4134 Edgeland Rd., Edgemoor
  • Harmony Baptist Church - 5403 Harmony Church. Rd., Edgemoor

11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Monday-Thursday, July 8-Aug. 1:

  • Fishing Creek Presbyterian Church - 3087 Fishing Creek Church Rd., Chester

Call the school district at 803-385-6122 for more information.

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Amanda Harris covers issues related to children and families in York, Chester and Lancaster County for The Herald. Amanda works with local schools, parents and community members to address important topics such as school security, mental health and the opioid epidemic. She graduated from Winthrop University.
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