Summer Food meetings to be rescheduled

Faith-based and community organizations can serve as locations for the Jackson County School System’s “seamless summer” food program, providing free meals to any Jackson County children 18 and under. Information meetings are set for March 23 and 24. These children were able to participate last year.

UPDATE: THESE MEETINGS WILL BE RESCHEDULED
AFTER OUR SCHOOLS RE-OPEN

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Each summer more than 18 million students are at risk of going hungry when the school year ends and school lunches are no longer available.

For many children, school meals are the only complete and nutritious meals they eat, and in the summer they go without. This summer, the need will likely increase, according to officials with the Jackson County School System.

“The Seamless Summer Food Program can help to fill the summer meal gap for children,” said Dr. Debra Morris, JCSS school nutrition director.

SSFP is a federally funded program that provides free meals to children ages 18 and under during the summer, when National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program meals are not available.

“Faith-based, community, and private non-profit organizations can make a difference in the lives of hungry children by serving meals with SSFP administered by Jackson County School Nutrition Program,” Dr. Morris said.

Churches, recreation centers, playgrounds, parks and camps can serve meals in neighborhoods with free and reduced lunch percentages above 50 percent.

Organizations interested in becoming an SSFP site where meals are served can receive more information on the program opportunities by sending a representative to one of two orientation sessions, ORIGINALLY set for Monday, March 23, 2 p.m. or Tuesday, March 24, at 10 a.m., BUT NOW TO BE HELD AT DATES TO BE DETERMINED LATER.

Both will be held in Room B-16 of the 441 Gordon Street Center building in Jefferson.

For additional information on Seamless Summer Meals for Jackson County students, please contact Dr. Morris by email to dmorris@jcss.us or Mistene Pruitt, mmpruitt@jcss.us, or by calling 706-367-5151.

All host sites must participate in an orientation session in order to receive meals.

“We look forward to the opportunity to work with local organizations to make wholesome meals available to deserving students all summer long,” Dr. Morris said.