The Chattooga County School Nutrition Program has their USDA Summer Feeding Program in full swing. In the first week the service provided 2,710 meals. The program provides lunches to all kids ages 18 and under free of charge for the months of June and July. Summer Feeding will run until July 28th.
School officials commented that currently they are serving free lunches five days a week at over 40 separate locations across Chattooga County. The program has proven to be far more useful and successful than ever expected, averaging over 20,000 lunches during the two summer months while school is out.
Chattooga County remains a Tier 1 county with over 76% of students eligible for free/reduced lunch during the school year. The Summer Feeding Program picks up during the summer months to ensure that those students are not forgotten during the weeks of summer when school meals are unavailable. This program is invaluable to those it serves and bridges a vast nutritional gap that can occur during the summer months.
The program began close to ten years ago by simply feeding the students attending summer school. Nutritional Director Phyllis Oliver realized there were other kids in the County that needed the meals and found a way to make it happen.
The Summer Feeding Program has expanded every year and now serves over 20,000 meals a summer. The meals are prepared at Leroy Massey Elementary School. With two delivery vans and a bus the meals are then distributed to the feeding locations. The bus doubles as a cafeteria at some locations where there is no park, church or structure for the kids to eat in. The Program serves the entire County including the Trion School District. The eleven employees of Summer Feeding Program worked tirelessly in the opening week to provide meals to kids in Lyerly, Trion, Menlo and Summerville. If you know of kids who could benefit from the summer feeding services contact 706-857-6130 to find a location.