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Free Summer Meals for Kids
Free Summer Meals for Kids
Posted on 07/08/2020
A collage showing School Nutrition staff at Hominy Valley Elementary and Emma Elementary.Detailed list of Summer Meals locations and schedules

By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Dedicated Buncombe County School Nutrition staff are continuing to provide healthy meals at no cost to families during the summer months.

The Summer Meals Program is an annual, USDA- and DHHS-sponsored service that provides free breakfast and lunch to any child less than 18 years old, regardless of income, place of residence, or attendance status in Buncombe County Schools. The program kicked off at the end of the school year, after School Nutrition staff and support staff volunteers provided more than 1 million meals to local families via curbside pickup and home delivery during BCS Virtual Days.

“The purpose of the School Nutrition Summer Food Service Program is to ensure that all children in Buncombe County have nutritious meals that make them feel good about learning, exercising, and playing,” said BCS School Nutrition Director Lisa Payne. “Our School Nutrition employees are hard-working, dedicated culinary chef ambassadors who love what they do. We love serving children in the summer, and we look forward to serving them in the school year as well.”

On Monday, Enka High School Cafeteria Manager Teresa Wells handed out meals in the bus parking lot at Hominy Valley Elementary School. Inside, other School Nutrition staff prepared lunch and breakfast for pickup at the school and delivery by the BCS Family Resource Center.

“It’s important to me that we serve the community and feed the children,” she said. “We’re doing our best to make sure everyone gets what they need.”

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some changes have been made to this year’s Summer Meals program. The normal requirement that children eat their meals on-site has been temporarily lifted, and the distribution has concentrated at elementary schools and a few larger apartment complexes. Anyone unable to reach a distribution site is asked to contact Shannon Boyd with the Family Resource Center.

Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buncombe County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is: Shanon Martin, shanon.martin@bcsemail.org, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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