By MADELINE SCHINDLER
A program is in place this summer to provide meals for children who need one – children who get a meal at school when school is in session.
During the school year, more than 60 percent of school aged-children qualify for free or reduced price lunches. With the help of Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL), children 18 and under, as well as eligible adults, will have access to free meals this summer through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
The SFSP wants to ensure that children throughout the state will have healthy, well-balanced meals. The SFSP is funded by the USDA and administered in Georgia by DECAL.
“The SFSP is a critical summer resource for children when school is out of session,” Falita Flowers, nutrition services director, said.
“During the summer, children who receive free and reduced-price meals no longer have that resource available to them. This program helps fill the gap and ensures children have access to free, healthy meals so they can continue to play, learn, and grow.”
Several organizations in Coweta County are working with DECAL to provide meals during the summer. To find local locations, visit DECAL’s website at http://decal.ga.gov/Nutrition/Search.aspx, or by calling 1-855-550-7377.