Summer Lunch Program Feeds Hungry Upstate Students During Summer -

Summer Lunch Program Feeds Hungry Upstate Students During Summer

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PICKENS COUNTY, S. C. - Summer months for most kids means sleeping in and eating ice cream, but 3 in 10 kids in South Carolina they will be eating less. That's the amount of kids who don't have enough food at home.

"We're here to ensure that any child can have access to a free breakfast and a free lunch so that kids can learn and grow and play during the summertime," says Pickens County Director of Student Nutrition Services Sally Nicholson.

Programs run by the Department of Social Services and Department of Education provide free meals to kids between the ages 2 and 18. There's no application required by parents to prove a need for food. Kids just need to walk in and ask for lunch.

"We're not going to ask them any questions, we greet them with a smile and hand them their tray," says West End Elementary Food Service Manager Susan Gamble.

The program is funded nation wide by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. That means taxes do cover the costs, but taxpayers we spoke with support the program.

"It would irk me if it was no questions asked for a lot of adults out there that are making good means and ends meet and all that," says Chanda McGowan.

Another mom told 7 On Your Side she would hope parents who could afford to pay for lunches for their kids would and not send them to get free lunch.

Meal locations provided by DSS can be found by clicking here.

Greenville County School District Locations can be found by clicking here.

Anderson District 5 locations can be found by clicking here.

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