Breakfast and lunch is now a single delivery

Meal Routes/Rutas de Comida
Posted on 03/20/2020
Bus routes for meal drop-off

Friday, March 20, 2020

District revises free student meal distribution
to provide enhanced safety and convenience

BEAUFORT – Following an initial week that saw more than 17,000 free student meals distributed county-wide, the Beaufort County School District today announced plans to consolidate breakfast and lunch pick-ups during the coronavirus-related school shut-down.

Starting Monday, March 23, any child under 18 can get two free meals – a breakfast and a lunch – each weekday using a single trip.  The free meals can be picked up from 9 a.m. until noon at 12 sites scattered through Beaufort County as well as through a network of 20-minute school bus stops.

The revised schedule of bus stops has been posted on the school district’s webpage and social media platforms.  Parents and students will also be informed about the changes over the weekend through phone calls and e-mails.

“This new procedure will make meal pick-ups safer and more convenient,” said Superintendent Frank Rodriguez.  “Parents and students will have to make only one trip per day instead of two, and they also will shorten the amount of time they’re exposed to possible illness.”

Working with Sodexo, its food service contractor, the school district began distributing free meals last Monday, the first day of statewide school closures ordered by Gov. Henry McMaster because of health concerns related to COVID-19.  All schools are currently closed through March 31.

During the shut-down, any child age 18 or younger can receive free breakfasts and lunches regardless of meal status during the school year.

Meals are prepared and transported to 12 sites across the county: Battery Creek High, Beaufort High, Beaufort Middle, Bluffton High, Hilton Head Island High, James J. Davis Early Childhood Center, Okatie Elementary, Red Cedar Elementary, St. Helena Elementary, Whale Branch Early College High, Whale Branch Middle School and the Port Royal YMCA.

Drive-through meal pick-ups will now be available in the bus rider drop-offs at each location each weekday from 9 a.m. until noon.  Students must be present at the time of pick up, and all food will be “grab-and-go,” with no food consumed on site.

Meal pick-up procedures also are being improved to enhance safety.  When picking up meals at one of the 12 distribution sites, parents will be asked how many children are in the car.  They will then pull their vehicle forward to a space when they can exit their vehicles and pick up the correct number of meals from a table.

The revised procedures are designed to maintain safe physical distances between parents, students, food service workers and bus drivers.

Breakfast items vary and may include cereal with milk, fruit, Fruit Frudels, whole grain Pop Tarts, cereal bars, milk and juice. Lunches are sandwiches, fruit, fresh vegetables and milk.