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Summer Break Cafes Provide Free Meals to Students During Vacation

Daniel Prince

Four will operate in Union County this summer

The South Carolina Department of Education kicked off its summer food service program Wednesday at the Richland Library’s North Main location. The program known as Summer Break Café, is funded through the US Department of Agriculture and provides free meals for children 18 and under from June through August. Since 2019, the SC Department of Education and its sponsors have served over 25 million meals to children.

There are four Summer Break Cafés operating in Union County this summer. One is at the YMCA on Lakeside Drive. It is operating every Monday through Friday through August 12, serving breakfast for children 18 and under from 8-9 a.m. and serving lunch from 12-1 p.m. Another is at Twist and Shout, at 401 Union Boulevard. It is also running through August 12, Monday through Friday. They serve a morning snack from 10-10:30, and they serve lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m. A third site is Clemson Extension, located at the fairgrounds at 120 Kirby Street. It will operate through July 27 on Tuesdays-Thursdays. They serve lunch from 10:30-11:30 a.m., and they have an afternoon snack time from 1-1:15 p.m. The fourth site is at Morningside Baptist Church at 112 Bates Avenue. It is operating Sunday through Friday. They have a morning snack time from 9-9:30 a.m., lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m., an afternoon snack from 4:30-5 p.m., and dinner time from 7-8 p.m.

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