School District Five announces meal distribution details, waiver providing free student meals
IRMO– School District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties is releasing information regarding meal distribution for students for the 2020-2021 school year.
Schools will also offer free meals to all students in School District Five Sept. 8 through Dec. 31, due to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) waiver extension providing free breakfast and lunch to students nationwide.
Students in the district will also have the opportunity to pick up meals on Wednesdays for their virtual or distance learning days. Pick up will be located at several sites throughout the district, including bus delivery locations. When classes resume in School District Five on September 8, students will be learning in either a hybrid model or in the district’s all virtual Flexible Innovative Virtual Education (FIVE) model.
“When students begin virtual or in-person, hybrid learning on Sept. 8, they will also be given the opportunity to receive free meals regardless of their status,” said Todd Bedenbaugh, District Director of Student Nutrition. “Both FIVE and hybrid students can pick up meals on Wednesdays at various locations. FIVE students will receive a five-day supply of breakfast and lunch by going to one of three of our designated sites. Hybrid students will receive three meals by visiting bus delivery locations we’ve established around the district.”
School Meal Sites
The district will serve 5-day meal supplies at three school sites. These locations are designed for FIVE student meal pick up and will serve five-days worth of breakfast and lunch items to students age 18 and under. Hybrid students are encouraged to visit bus delivery sites, which will serve three-day meal portions, but can also visit school sites if needed.
Chapin High School (bus loop) - 10:30 a.m.-12 noon
Dutch Fork High School (bus loop) - 10:30 a.m.-12 noon
Irmo High School (bus loop) - 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Bus Meal Delivery Sites
Several bus delivery locations will be offered district-wide. These sites are designed for Hybrid students and will serve 3-day meal supplies only. Times and locations are subject to change. See our meal delivery locations at the following link: http://bit.ly/D5meals
*All meal pick up for virtual days and distance learning days will occur on Wednesdays. FIVE and hybrid students can receive meals at either bus or school locations. Note: Five-day food supplies will only be available at school locations (CHS, DFHS, and IHS). Three-day meal supplies will be provided at bus deliver locations, and staff will check rosters for students.
The USDA announced that it will extend its food program waivers through Dec. 31, providing the meals for schools nationwide to provide free meals to students learning both virtually and in-person.
Though students are not required to be present at feeding sites, parents will be required to show their students’ school I.D. or other form of identification, if students are not present during meal pick up. If they do not have them, they will be required to sign their name and list their children’s names in order to receive the meals. Per the guidelines of the federal USDA waiver, these steps are taken to maintain the integrity of the program, while providing flexibility for parents.
“We encourage parents to apply for free and reduced meal benefits, despite the waiver extension,” Bedenbaugh said. “This will ensure that they are prepared for when the waiver ends.”
To apply for meal benefits, please CLICK HERE. The district is no longer accepting paper applications. The online application system allows your student’s application to be processed as quickly as possible. The district encourages families who need this service to apply so they will have it when the federal waiver ends at the end of the year.
Parents also can continue to load money to their student’s online account to pay for additional ala carte items, beyond the free meal. To make a payment online please register your student/students at K12PaymentCenter.com. Please call the Department of Student Nutrition with any questions or concerns at