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School District Five continues to serve thousands of meals during closure

For Immediate Release – March 31, 2020


School District Five continues to serve thousands of meals during closure

IRMO – Since schools were closed by executive order of the governor on March 15 in response to coronavirus, School District Five has provided free pickup of breakfast and lunch items at six sites. More than 9.700 meals were served the first week. Nearly 34,500 meals were served the second week, while more than 44,100 meals were served the week of March 30.


“I am proud of our people in student nutrition,” said Student Nutrition Director Todd Bedenbaugh.  “These employees are essential without a doubt because we have people in our community that need food during this time of layoffs and we are providing nutritious meals to them.  School District Five is a community and it takes a village to feed our community and I think we are doing a great job.”


Free meals for children age 18 or younger are offered on Mondays only at six schools in Lexington-Richland School District Five. Students receive 5 days-worth of breakfast and lunch items, during the Monday meal offering.


Students are not required to be present at feeding sites for parents & guardians to receive their students' meals, due to a new state and federal waiver. Previously, students needed to be present to receive meals through USDA’s child nutrition programs. Though students are not required to be present at feeding sites, parents will be required to show their students' ID cards, if they have them. 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.


There are 6 locations across the district, serving meals 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the front of each school.

  • H. E. Corley Elementary
  • Harbison West Elementary
  • Seven Oaks Elementary
  • Irmo High
  • Dutch Fork High
  • Chapin High

Items will be individually packaged, to-go food offerings with dietary information on the packaging. Meal drop-off deliveries will also be provided on Mondays to the following apartment complexes at the following times:

  • Waters at Berryhill Apartments 11:00 am -11:30 am
  • River Oaks Apartments, 11:45 am -12:15 pm
  • Irmo Village Apartments 12:30 pm -1:00 pm


For student nutrition staff, working at meal sites is their way of giving students a taste of their normal school day during the closure.


“It’s almost like what we do on a normal day, just on a larger scale,” said Student Nutrition Manager Charisa Tisdale.  “It’s a burden to the family right now that we are helping to ease.  I think it is important that families focus on the health and wellness of their children and providing these meals helps to ease something off their minds. It makes me feel proud that we are helping to meet the needs of our community during these trying times.”