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Sponsors Needed for Summer Food Service Program
President Obama visited Georgia yesterday to highlight our state's pre-Kindergarten program. At College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, the president played with children, and spoke to parents, teachers and officials, praising what he saw at the center and the state of Georgia's commitment to early education.
Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning administers the Pre-K program and works on several fronts to meet the child care and early education needs of Georgia’s children and their families. Making a commitment to comprehensive child care and early childhood education, though, is not a singular effort. It requires collaboration. This summer, DECAL needs sponsors to serve nutritious meals to children throughout the state.
Last summer, 100 sponsoring organizations served 3.5 million meals to young learners. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Summer Food Service Program provides reimbursement to non-profit and government organizations that provide free meals to eligible children in low-income communities. Without these meals, the children, many of whom accept free or reduced lunch during the school year, would go hungry during the summer months.
“Providing nutritious summer meals … is part of DECAL’s commitment to keeping Georgia’s children healthy,” said DECAL Commissioner Bobby Cagle.
Public or private nonprofit schools, local government agencies and faith-based organizations, among others, can serve as program sponsors. These organizations can host outreach at schools, churches, recreation centers, community and migrant centers and other local community areas where children congregate and play.
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Sunita Kapahi writes about education, public safety, social services and transportation for GeorgiaGov. She is an Atlanta native and a graduate of Georgia State University.