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Hey parents, some student’s meals really are in the mail in Lexington District Three

Batesburg-Leesville, SC - Have you ever had someone who owes you money tell you, “The check is in the mail?” Lexington County School District Three, the district that covers the Batesburg-Leesville area, can now honestly tell parents of all students who received free or reduced price lunches in their district's schools, "Hey, your student's meals are in the mail!”

District Three communicated to parents and guardians Thursday that they are extremely excited about this new program. They believe it is another way to alleviate stress on their Panther families during these unprecedented times. As a result, several weeks ago, their Food Services team applied to the Meals-to-You Program. They recently learned that our school district has been accepted!

The Meals-to-You Program provides shelf-stable, easily prepared, kid-friendly breakfasts and lunches to students in rural school districts who were receiving meals through the National School Lunch Program at a free or reduced price. Through the program, ten breakfasts and ten lunches are mailed directly to the student’s home every two weeks while schools are closed due to COVID-19.

A district spokesperson said Thursday that if at least one student in the household qualifies for free or reduced status, all children under the age of 18 living in the home will also qualify to receive meals. Lexington Three anticipates being able to begin enrolling families in the program within the next week. Families who are already qualified to receive free or reduced meals will be contacted by district personnel soon.

Families who were not previously receiving free or reduced meals but feel they may now qualify due to changes in their income or economic status should go ahead and fill out a free or reduced meals application. This application can be found by visiting www.lex3.org and looking on the COVID-19 Shutdown page under the Feeding Program Information section. Completed applications can be emailed to dleaphart@lex3.org or faxed to the attention of the Food Services Department at 803-532-8000.

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