Food Service Employee Jennifer Hoffard and school bus driver Randy Baker serve free lunches to kids at Mountainside Manor Apartments. All Pickens County kids age 2-18 can get free lunches this summer through a federal program.
If you’ve been at Mountainside Apartments, the rec. center at Roper Park, or Hill City Elementary around lunchtime, you may have seen kids lined up at a bus to get a sack lunch.
If you’re a parent and wondered who these mysterious people are giving food to kids, it’s nothing to be leery of. It’s called “Seamless Summer” and is a federally funded program that offers free lunch to any child in the county age 2-18. The Pickens County School System qualifies for the program because over 50 percent (52 percent) of its student body are on free or reduced lunch.
“For some kids, lunch is the only meal they get during the school year,” said school nutrition director Beth Thompson. “This program allows us to feed children through the summer who may not get a meal otherwise.”
Last Wednesday, June 13, a big yellow school bus pulled up to the park at Mountainside Apartments and kids eagerly got in line for the day’s lunch – barbecue sandwiches or PB & J, carrots, and other sides.
Every day Monday through Friday free lunches are delivered to the following sites. Kids do not have to be on the free and reduced program during the school year to get free lunches during the summer. The program runs through July 27.
Pickens County Parks & Recreation Center 12-12:30
Pickens High School cafeteria 11:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Mountainside Apts (264 Bill Hasty Blvd.) 12:15-12:45