Summer Food Service Program at Two New Locations

Maddy and Wyatt LandstromRonnie Fields

The Anderson County Schools Summer Food Service Program is at a new location this year and now also has a mobile unit to help serve more children.  The annual food service program is setup each summer after the end of the school year to help provide children under 18 years old with free meals who would normally eat at school during the school year.

According to Ronnie Fields, director of programs and operations at Anderson County Schools, the food service program has usually been located at Saffell Street Elementary.  But, this year, they were able to move it to Anderson County High School due to that region of the county showing more need for the service than in previous years.  He also explained that being at the high school would allow more visibility and to get more participation from those that qualify for the program.

Also new this year, they partnered with Open Hands Food Pantry off of Industrial Road to provide a ‘mobile’ site at their location.  Ronnie explained that working with the pantry and giving the meals out at their location was a perfect match.  “Our goal is to make sure that every kid has the opportunity to eat every day during the summer,” Ronnie said.

The program at the high school will be available till August 9th and will serve breakfast from 8:30am to 9:30am and lunch from 11:15am to 12:45pm, Monday through Friday.  At Open Hands Food Pantry, lunch will be served from 11:30am to 1pm, Monday, Wednesday and Friday until August 5th.  For more information about the program, check out their website.

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