CAC, Fulton County offer Free Meals for Kids this Summer
While the end of the school year is a time of celebration for children eager to enjoy a summer break, for other kids the end of the school year also means the end of a guaranteed food source and possibly going hungry.
More than 30 million students in the United States rely on their schools for a meal at least once a week, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. That means that one in three kids from a low-income family will not have enough food during the summer months, according to a 2015 Summer Nutrition Program Social Impact Analysis by Share Our Strength, a national organization working to end childhood hunger in the United States.
More than 350,000 children throughout metro Atlanta are at risk of going without one or more meals each day this summer, according to the United Way of Greater Atlanta. In Sandy Springs about 50 percent of public school students rely on the federal free meal program at school.
A lack of food and poor nutrition during the summer months can result in poor performance once the school year begins and makes children more prone to illnesses and other health issues.
You can help local children in need this summer with CAC! Give Summer Lunch Bags and Backpacks with School Supplies!
Just $40 Provides a Child with
3 Summer Lunch Bags
Containing 15 Lunches for 3 Weeks!
To ensure that local children do not go hungry when school is out, CAC and Fulton County Schools are providing free, nutritious meals to children in need. Children of Sandy Springs and Dunwoody can receive free Summer Bags from CAC and children who live in Fulton County can receive free meals at participating Fulton County Schools.
CAC is working to provide 3,000 lunch bags, or 15,000 lunches, to local children in need. More than 600 children are receiving 4 or more lunch bags each. Sandy Springs and Dunwoody families in need can register at CAC for free Summer Lunch Bags to take home. Each lunch bag contains 5 lunches for a week. Registration information. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starting this June, as part of the the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), Fulton County Schools plans to serve over 4,500 meals a day at over 50 approved sites across the county as part of its annual Summer Feeding Program. Any child under age 18 may come and eat a summer meal.
Children can eat for free at these Fulton County Schools in Sandy Springs:
• High Point Elementary, June 5 – June 20
• Ison Springs Elementary, June 5 – June 20
• Lake Forrest Elementary, June 5 – July 12
• North Springs High School, June 5 – July 12
USDA summer food program / Sandy Springs-Dunwoody Macaroni Kid
Fulton County summer meals program / Sandy Springs-Dunwoody Macaroni Kid