This school year, according to the Georgia Department of Education, some 1.1 million children were enrolled to receive free and reduced price meals. When these kids are released for summer break, their parents will be faced with the task of feeding their families without that support.
In our nation, nearly 49 million people are facing hunger, 15.9 million of whom are children. When school is out in the summertime, many children no longer have access to meal assistance.
Many people think about summer as a great time for vacations, fun with friends and family, but they don’t think about what it means for many of Georgia’s children who rely on school breakfast and lunch during the school year. When school lets out these children and their families have to think about how they are going to replace those meals; many times those meals are not replaced and these children go hungry during the summer.
Many kids can’t wait for summer vacation and what it means for them: fun and friends. But for some families, it means that the kids aren’t able to eat meals at school and food budgets become even tighter.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers free summer meals to kids across Georgia similar to School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, except meals are free to all kids that come to a registered summer meals site.
To find a summer meals site near you, call toll free 2-1-1 or text ‘FoodGA’ to 877877.