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Free Meals for Children

May 26, 2015
Woman explaining food on a plate to table of moms and children

During the school year, more than 900,000 Georgia children meet requirements for free or reduced breakfasts and lunches. But … what happens in the summer?

For low-income areas, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides access to free meals for children 18 and under (and even some adults who qualify). These children may not have access to nutritious meals when they’re not in school, so SFSP fills that summer void and helps provide a healthy, well-balanced diet.

As a federal program, SFSP provides reimbursement to organizations who serve healthy meals and snacks to children in low-income areas when schools are not open. Organizations taking on this task can be non-profit 501(c)3 organizations, government agencies, universities, school systems or National Youth Sports Programs.  Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) helps facilitate this service in Georgia, so if you’d like to join the program, contact DECAL!

Find a food distribution point close to you on DECAL’s website. Or you can call 1-855-550-SFSP (7377). Or text “FOODGA” to 877-877 (standard messaging and data rates apply).

About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is the Interactive Web Content Manager for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, Ga., with degrees in Visual Communication and History.

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