NOTE: A Spanish-language version of this story is attached below.
WEST COLUMBIA, SC -- Lexington Two students will be able to get free weekend meals by curbside pickup, starting October 1.
Weekend meals must be reserved in advance and are available for pickup each Thursday between 11am-12pm at Cayce Elementary, Riverbank Elementary, Pine Ridge Middle and Airport High School. Weekend meals include breakfast and lunch for Saturday and Sunday.
The weekend meals are in addition to those served weekdays for Lexington Two’s hybrid and full-time Virtual Academy students. The free meals are a result of the USDA’s extension of its summer meals program, through December 31, 2020, amid COVID-19. (Find instructions for pre-ordering meals for curbside pickup at the bottom of this story.)
Here’s a look at how the weekday meal program works.
Hybrid students will be able to receive free breakfast and lunch while at school during their assigned in-person days.
Students also will be able to take home meals as they are dismissed at the end of the school day for their remote weekday learning.
For students who attend in-person classes on Monday/Thursday -- On Monday, students will receive breakfast and lunch for Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday,
students will take home breakfast and lunch for Friday.
For students who attend in-person classes on Tuesday/Friday -- On Tuesday, students will receive breakfast and lunch for Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, students will take home breakfast and lunch for Monday.
VIRTUAL ACADEMY STUDENTS
Orders for free meals must be placed in advance on the PayPams website, so food services will know how many meals to prepare for each family.
Curbside pickup of pre-ordered meals will be offered two days a week -- Monday and Thursday only -- from 11am-12pm at four Lexington Two schools: Cayce Elementary, Riverbank Elementary, Pine Ridge Middle and Airport High. You do not have to be a student at the school to pick up your meals at that location.
Monday’s curbside pickup will include breakfast and lunch for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday’s pickup will include breakfast and lunch for Thursday and Friday.
HOW TO PRE-ORDER MEALS FOR CURBSIDE PICKUP
Lexington Two families will need to first register at www.paypams.com before they can pre-order meals for curbside pickup.
- Visit www.paypams.com
- Click SIGN UP NOW
- Select State: SC
- Click Submit
- Double Click: Lexington School District Two
- Click Continue
- Complete the requested information
- Click Create Account
- Review Summary
- Click Submit, if information is correct. If not, click Edit.
- Enter your students First Name, Last Name and Date of Birth
- Click Add
- Click Add more to add additional Students
- Repeat this process for each student
After registering, families are ready to pre-order meals as follows:
- Log in to PayPams.com
- Click on Meal Ordering
- Choose your Location for Meal Pickup by selecting the Type of Student and the Pickup Location
- Select the days you are ordering
- Click Submit Order (look for confirmation #)
- Repeat Process for other students
- Don’t forget to pick up meals on the the correct day and time you’ve indicated in the order
The free meals are a result of the USDA’s extension of its summer meals program, through December 31, 2020, amid COVID-19.
There is a possibility that the USDA will not receive enough funding from Congress to cover free meals for the entire period through December 31. Therefore, we encourage our Lexington Two families to complete an online application to see whether they qualify for free or reduced price meals. Visit www.paypams.com/onlineapp and follow the instructions. A new application is required each school year, and only one application per household is needed. Paper applications are available at each school's front office or at the Lexington Two district office.
Families with questions about 2020-21 meal service can call the Food Service Office at (803) 739-4010.