Summer food service program kicks off in June

JONESBORO — Clayton County Public Schools once again will be taking part in an endeavor to keep children fed during the summer.

The Summer Food Service Program is a United States Department of Agriculture-funded child nutrition program that feeds children in low-income areas when schools are closed during breaks.

It is administered locally through Georgia’s Department of Early Care and Learning: Bright from the Start and operates through sponsors at DECAL-approved sites to feed children at no cost. Those sites are schools, community centers, parks, churches, playgrounds, migrant centers, homeless feeding sites or summer camps.

Nutrition Services Director Audrey Hamilton said her department is committed to reducing childhood hunger in the community. She said the department will make make meals available to children in the community over the summer months at no additional cost to the district.

There are summer school sites that will provide breakfast and lunch, said Hamilton, adding her department has partnered with the Clayton County Board of Commissioners to use recreation centers and some parks for meal service in June and July.

Children served by the program must be 18 or younger.