Summer Meal Program - Summertime brings a break from school... but the need for good nutrition doesn't take a break!

CCSD's Free Summer Meals Program OPEN SITES: Click on the this MAP to see all of our Open Sites that will be serving free breakfast and/or lunch meals this summer. The info on this map was provided by the sites and are subject to change. 

CCSD's 2021 Seamless Summer Program, June 21 - August 6 (Monday - Friday)

What is the Seamless Summer Feeding Program?

The Seamless Summer Feeding Program (SSFP) allows school districts to provide free summer meals in low-income areas during the traditional summer vacation periods. It is an extension of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), which is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Free breakfast and lunch meals that meet Federal nutrition guidelines are provided to all children and teens at approved SSFP sites.

How does my site apply to receive free summer meals?

There are two ways to apply. You can submit your application online (fastest/easiest), or your can print a PDF copy of our application and email it, mail it, or fax it in.

What's new for summer meals 2021?

  • This summer and as part of the COVID relief plan, all sites throughout Charleston County will be area eligible to receive no-cost breakfast and lunch for kids and teens age 18 and younger. See the USDA Press Release to learn more. 
  • Enter your address into USDA's Area Eligibility Online Tool to determine if your site qualifies to receive free summer meals. Some sites can be qualified using other parameters, so email Jeremy Tunstill to learn more.
  • We will back at Burke as a downtown pick-up site (in addition to Sanders Clyde).

What are the dates of the Seamless Summer Feeding Program?

The 2021 CCSD Seamless Summer Feeding Program will operate: Monday, June 21 - Friday, August 6

Sites can operate during this entire seven weeks OR during any portion of the seven weeks. You decide what is best for you and your site.

All sites must attend ONE mandatory training session.

  • Training info will be shared with sites soon

What types of meals are provided?

Great food kids like -- that's what type. Breakfast and lunch meals that meet federal meal pattern and nutritional requirements will be served daily. Lunch meals will consist of mostly hot meal lunch entrees that are kid friendly like crispy chicken nuggets, hamburgers, and hot dogs. Fresh fruits and vegetables are served daily, in addition to low-fat chocolate and white milk. 

2021 Summer Meals Menu 

All food pans, serving utensils, napkins, gloves, hair nets, condiments, and food transporting containers will be provided by CCSD.


What if my child needs meal accomodations?

Please email [email protected]

The registered dietitian or nutrition service officer will contact you about getting a special diet set up for your child. This can take time to create and train staff. Please note that medical documentation is required.

How do sites receive meals?

Breakfast and lunch meals will be picked up by approved sites on a daily basis. We do not deliver summer meals.

Approved sites may pick up their meals daily between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. We have 10 schools throughout Charleston County that are meal preparation sites:

  1. Burke High (downtown)
  2. Sanders Clyde Elementary (downtown)
  3. Harbor View Elementary Elementary (James Island)
  4. Haut Gap (Johns Island)
  5. Jennie Moore Elementary
  6. St. James Santee (McClellanville)
  7. Stall High (North Charleston)
  8. Charleston County School of the Arts (North Charleston)
  9. Chicora Elementary (North Charleston)
  10. EB Ellington (Hollywood)
  11. Ashley River Creative Arts (West Ashley)

Who Can Participate?

Children 18 years of age or younger at approved sites are eligible to receive free summer meals. This program is not for adults.

How do I become a site that receives free summer meals?

Please complete the online Seamless Summer Feeding Program Application

Or click here to print the application. Submission instructions are on the application.

The deadline for receiving SSFP applications is Friday, May 14.

I want my site to receive free summer meals. What else do I need to know?

  • Attend one CCSD summer site training session
  • Serve meals to all needy children 18 years of age and under
  • Serve meals that meet the minimum meal pattern requirements
  • Provide adequate supervision during the meal service
  • Ensure that children eat all meals on site
  • Maintain and submit promptly such reports and records that the sponsor requires
  • Report to the sponsor any changes in the number of meals required as attendance fluctuates
  • Report any other problems regarding the meal services
  • Comply with civil rights laws and regulations
  • Adhere to local health and sanitation regulations

What Type of Site Do I Select?

Sites are divided into three categories:

  1. Open Site - All sites are encouraged to operate as open sites
    Serves all children through age 18 at a site that is located within the geographical boundaries of the attendance area of a CCSD school where at least 50% of the children are certified eligible to receive free or reduced priceschool meals. Sites that meet this criterion are considered "area eligible." 
  2. Restricted Open Site -- On a first-come, first-serve basis, serves children through age 18 at a site that is located within the geographical boundaries of the attendance area of a CCSD school where at least 50% of the children are certified eligible to receive free or reduced price school meals. Attendance is limited for reasons of security, safety, or control. If you selected "restricted open" for your site, select which of the following reasons limits your attendance/participation: security, safety, or control.
  3. Closed Enrolled Site -- Serves only an identified group of enrolled children who are participating in a specific program or activity; these sites are not open for area children to "drop in" for meals and site activities. A school-based program (for a specific group of children) is an example of a closed enrolled site.


In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Ave. S.W., Washington D.C. 20250-9410, or call (202)720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Contact Us

For more information about the Seamless Summer Feeding Program, please contact:

Jeremy Tunstill
CCSD Nutrition Services Officer
Charleston County School District Department of Nutrition Services
3999 Bridge View Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405 
Phone: 843-746-1376
Mobile: 843-297-2240
Fax: 843-529-3920

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