Hybrid and virtual students will receive meals - families will be contacted by the school

District revises meal distribution schedule during hybrid instruction
Posted on 10/05/2020
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For Immediate Release
October 3, 2020

District revises meal distribution schedule
during hybrid instruction

BEAUFORT – The Beaufort County School District is revising the free meal distribution schedule for all district students beginning next week, when many students will resume face-to-face instruction on hybrid schedules on Oct. 5.

All district students – virtual learners as well as those resuming face-to-face instruction – will still be able to get free meals, and family income will not be a factor.

Since COVID-19 forced a statewide school shutdown last March, the district and Sodexo, its food services contractor, have distributed free meals using a combination of school pick-up points and school bus routes scattered across the county. Since then, 892,090 meals have been provided to Beaufort County children.

Beginning Monday, bus route meal distribution will cease as buses will be needed to transport hybrid students to school. Buses will run at a 60 percent student capacity in order to accommodate physical distancing recommendations as per DHEC. As a result, the fleet will be fully utilized.  

Hybrid students will receive meals during the two days of the week they are attending school and will be provided meals for the remaining days of the week as well. Virtual students will also be provided a weekly allotment of food. Schools will contact families with food distribution information.

ABOUT THE FOOD PROGRAM:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is funding the continuation of the summer program which supplies free meals to any child under age 18 and anyone under age 21 with a disability.  Meals will be provided by Sodexo, the school district’s food service contractor.

To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) online and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.  To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail (US Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410); fax: (202-690-7442); or e-mail programintake@usda.gov