CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – With the government shutdown now stretching into day 33, some furloughed government employees are starting to be concerned about how they will feed their children during school hours.
The Charleston County School District on Tuesday said federal employees and government contractors in need of financial assistance should apply to enroll their children in the Free and Reduced Meal Program.
According to CCSD officials, federal funding is in place for the office of nutrition service to feed students during the government shutdown.
Walter Campbell, executive director of nutrition service said that funding would allow the district to operate the program through March. After that, CCSD would have to utilize fund balance to run the program into the summer.
“The United States Department of Agriculture has directed us to continue administering the program,” Campbell said. “Parents who are federal contractors or work for the federal government are encouraged to call our office directly. We will personally walk them through the application process.”
Campbell said there would not be any cutbacks on food service or quality.
“We realize this is an extremely serious situation,” he said. “We are going to continue feeding kids. Call us directly. It is our pleasure to help out.”
Free and Reduced Meals can be applied for using one of two methods, by using our online application or by submitting a paper application. To learn more visit the food services website or call 843-566-8180.