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Summer program offers meals for students

Summer Nutrition Program

Nutrition program offers meals for students this summer 

Gaston County Schools is offering its annual summer nutrition program, providing convenient access to meals at various bus stops and other community sites throughout the county.

Additionally, students attending any of the Camp Gaston summer program sites can enjoy free breakfast and lunch offerings.

Starting Monday, June 5, meal distribution will take place at five non-school summer camp locations and nine bus/neighborhood sites across the county. These locations will serve meals Monday through Friday each week with the exception of West Gastonia Boys and Girls Club.

All students age 18 and younger can eat free meals at any of the sites, regardless of their place of residence or school attendance. All meal sites will be closed during the week of Fourth of July (July 3-7).

Below is a list of the summer meal locations: 

Summer Camp Sites: June 5 - August 3
Monday - Friday with the exception of West Gastonia Boys and Girls Club.

  • West Gastonia Boys and Girls Club, 310 South Boyd Street, Gastonia
    • 7:30-9:00 a.m. breakfast
    • 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. lunch
  • Bradley Community Center, 1200 Modena Street, Gastonia
    • 9:00-10:00 a.m. breakfast
    • 12:00-1:00 p.m. lunch
  • T. Jeffers Center, 121 Hartman Street, Gastonia
    • 8:00-9:00 a.m. breakfast
    • 12:00-1:00 p.m. lunch
  • Erwin Center, 913 North Pryor Street, Gastonia
    • 12:00-1:00 p.m. lunch
  • Phillips Community Center, 2031 Echo Lane, Gastonia
    • 1:00-2:00 p.m. lunch

There are bus sites in nine neighborhoods where families can pick up a meal.  See the list below.  

Bus Sites: June 5 - August 3
Eat lunch only Monday - Thursday; times vary for each site

  • Lineberger Park, 632 East Garrison Boulevard, Gastonia; 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Smyre Park, 2851 Millstone Drive, Gastonia; 11:00-11:45 a.m.
  • Trey McKee Mobile Home Park, 108 River Loop Road, Belmont; 12:00-12:45 p.m.
  • High Shoals Park, 103 State Street, Lincolnton; 11:00-11:45 a.m.
  • Bessemer City Pool, 200 North 14th St, Bessemer City; 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
  • Oak Grove Park, Oak Grove Park Road, Dallas; 12:00-12:30 p.m.
  • Long Creek Apartments, Lower Dallas Highway, Dallas; 12:30-1:00 p.m.
  • Biggerstaff Park, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy, Dallas 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • Martha Rivers Park, 1515 Neal Hawkins Road, Gastonia 1:00-1:30 p.m.  

To access information about the summer nutrition program in your area, families can text “FOOD” to 304304.  Upon receiving a prompt, submit your zip code, and you will receive a reply providing the locations available near you.

For additional details about the summer nutrition program, please call (704) 836-9110.