Lexington-Richland School District Five continues to receive generous donations of support from many of its vendors to feed students during the closure caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Hershey Ice Cream Company and PepsiCo made generous donations that will be distributed to students at the district’s feeding sites, while supplies last.

“We appreciate the partnership we have with PepsiCo and Hershey’s,” said School District Five Student Nutrition Director Todd Bedenbaugh. “Their donations help to assist our families in a time of need here in our community.”

Hershey’s donated 300 cases of ice cream cones that were given out April 20 to each student in the car rider lines when they picked up meals. The estimated value of the donation was $5,000.

“Hershey’s Ice Cream is a proud sponsor for No Kids Hungry,” said Toby Johnson, Hershey’s branch manager. “Our company had thousands of cases of cone products that we needed to move before the end of the school year. We decided to donate much of the product to School District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties to help aid them in feeding kids in these difficult times.”

PepsiCo donated 490 cases of Gatorade Bolt to School District Five. This is an estimated value of $7,500.

“PepsiCo and School District Five have a good partnership and these unprecedented times call for all hands on deck,” said Elizabeth Constantino, PepsiCo key account manager. “Food is at the heart of what PepsiCo does, and we believe the best way we can support communities during this difficult time is to give to the community members in need.”

The district plans to distribute the PepsiCo products to students at the district feeding sites during meal distribution on April 27th.