Area schools and nonprofits are teaming up to provide free meals to children during the summer through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program.
Sports Center Academy, 5330 Snapfinger Woods Drive, Decatur and CheerTyme All Stars, 2575 Park Central Blvd., Decatur, will be offering free breakfast and lunch to DeKalb County children ages 5 – 18. Breakfast will be served from 8 – 9 a.m. and lunch will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Both meals will be provided at the sport facilities until Friday, Aug. 8. For more information, call 770-593-3149.
Lithonia High, 2440 Phillips Road, Lithonia and Tucker High School, 5036 LaVista Road, Tucker as well as Bethune Middle School, 5200 Covington Highway, Decatur, will participate in the program to provide free meals. Free meals at these DeKalb County schools will be provided weekly on Monday through Thursday and operation times for breakfast and lunch meals are 8 – 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – noon.
“We welcome the opportunity to serve children of DeKalb County nourishing meals this summer. Last year we served over 327,000 meals and look forward to continuing this needed service,” said Joyce R. Wimberly, executive director of school nutrition services for the DeKalb County School District. “Children still require quality nutrition during the summer months especially with the expected increase in physical activity and calorie expenditure. 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.”
USDA officials say the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals, that meet Federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children 18 years old and under at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children.
To learn more about the USDA summer meal programs, visit www.summerfood.usda.gov. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact 1-800-877-8339 or 1-800-845-6136 for Spanish services.