Horry County Schools launches meal delivery program for children in need

Horry County Schools launches meal delivery program for children in need

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Horry County Schools announced Wednesday a new program that will deliver meals to children in need.

“Meals-to-You” is a new partnership between the school district, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Baylor University that will deliver free meals to the doorsteps of children who attend a qualified school, according to a press release from HCS.

Lisa Bourcier from Horry County Schools said at first it was difficult to get the programs together under such short notice.

“It’s not like a hurricane that affected two states, because services are a lot more readily available when there’s a localized more of a disaster, but when you have everyone in the same boat you have everybody applying for these programs. So it takes time," she said.

Bourcier added they also aren’t stopping their other services.

“So we’re still offering our services, this is still another option on top of that. We’re even kind of telling people, if you are eligible and you can get to a site conveniently, you’ve got transportation, then stick with the grab-and-go sites, but here’s another option for those with transportation issues, who are in some of the rural areas, that might have some additional challenges, to get to those grab-and-go sites," she said.

For more information and to view a list of qualified schools, click here.

Parents can apply for the program until Monday, May 11. No applications will be accepted after that date.

Also beginning on Monday, May 11, HCS nutrition services will once again prepare student meals with the assistance of the South Carolina National Guard through May 22. Meals-to-you will run until June 30.

Meal services after May 22 will be reevaluated, officials said.

View the locations and times of the bus-delivered meals and the 13 pick-up locations.

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