Free Meals Extended Through End Of 2020-21 School Year
Spartanburg District Five students will continue to enjoy free breafast and lunch every day. thanks to an extension of the program granted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The district received initial approval from the South Carolina Department of Education in the fall, and began serving free meals to students immediately. Funding for that part of the program was supposed to run out in December, the federal government has instead extended it through the end of the 2020-21 school year in June.
The meals are provided for EVERY student, regardless of meal status.
The program also applies to students in the Spartanburg Five Virtual Academy. Virtual students who wish to receive the free meals must continue the registration process already in place with the district. Registration is available weekly through this link. Virtual students can pick up their five-day meal pack each Monday from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Duncan Elementary School of the Arts or River Ridge Elementary School.
District Five will not charge any student’s meal account, as long as this program remains in effect.
District Five encourages parents to continue to complete free and reduced lunch applications, as this new meal program will expire at the end of this year. Parents can access free and reduced meal applications through the district’s website or in the front office of their child’s school.