While students look forward to the summer months, unfortunately for some children, the break comes without the same meals they eat during the academic year. The DeKalb County School System is doing its part this summer to make sure all children can receive nutrition outside of the 180 days of school.
DeKalb County Schools moves into the second week of it annual Summer Feeding Program. Last year DeKalb County School Nutrition Department offered the Seamless Summer Feeding Program to more than 327,000 students, and this year the numbers are expected to increase.
DeKalb county children, 18 years old and younger, and including free, reduced, and paying students, are all eligible for the free breakfast and lunch.
The Seamless Summer Feeding Program is sponsored by the USDA in an effort to provide nutrition for all children regardless of financial eligibility during the summer months. It also is designed to make sure students continue to receive quality nutrition during the break, and especially with the expected increase in physical activity.
DeKalb’s Nutrition Services Executive Director, Joyce R. Wimberly says, “It is our goal to provide a source of nutrition while school is out and continue the ongoing process of readying their minds and bodies for learning during the upcoming school year.”
Students are receiving free meals at the following DeKalb County School District sites: Bethune Middle School and Tucker and Lithonia High Schools. Free meals are available weekly on Monday through Thursday, and from June through August 1, 2014.
The operation times for breakfast and lunch meals at above-mentioned sites are 8:00-9:00 AM and 11:30-12:00 noon, respectively. Sites are conveniently located for county-wide access.
For more information on the Seamless Summer Option please contact the DeKalb County School Nutrition Office at (678) 676-0162.