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Seamless Summer Feeding Program Plans Shared for 2020

Submission Date: May 14, 2020

Release Date:  For Immediate Release

Contact: J.D. Hardin, 770-957-6601 ext. 161, john.hardin@henry.k12.ga.us

(Release # 0045-5-2020)

Seamless Summer Feeding Program Plans Shared for 2020  

Seamless Summer Feeding Program Plans Shared for 2020

Henry County Schools to provide summer meals on alternate schedule

HENRY COUNTY, GA – Henry County Schools will be ending its school year soon, but that does not mean the curbside meal distribution will end.  The Seamless Summer Feeding program is set to start operations the week following the last day of remote learning for Henry County Schools.

The last day of regular meal distribution pick-up will be Friday, May 15, which is also the last day of remote learning for students.  Starting the week of May 18, Henry County Schools will alter its current operations of serving meals three times a week, to students now receiving all prepared meals on Wednesdays.  Starting Wednesday, May 20, children in Henry County will be able to pick up meals at the same six distribution sites during the regular 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. window.  The sites remain Hampton Middle, Locust Grove Elementary, McDonough Middle, Oakland Elementary, Stockbridge Middle, and Wesley Lakes Elementary.

With operations moving to one day of service, that means that students will receive 10 meals – five breakfasts and five lunches – to cover the weekdays until they return the following Wednesday. 

The summer feeding program operates in conjunction with the US Department of Agriculture and the Georgia School Nutrition Program.  Meals are free for children up to 18 years of age.  Individuals with special needs up to 21 years of age may also receive the meals. 

As a part of the requirements for participation in the summer feeding programs, students must be in the vehicle when arriving to the distribution sites.

The school district has served over 132,000 meals since starting the meal distribution pick-up option back on Wednesday, March 18 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  It has been a tremendous outreach and support for the community during this unprecedented time, and School Nutrition Executive Director Kantrell Brown has witnessed the impact it has had on her staff and the families they have served.

“Our staff cares for the students in the schools like they are their own children,” said Brown.  “The opportunity to continue to serve them and see them was revitalizing for the staff during this tough time.  As exciting as it was for our staff, it was even more uplifting for our students.  The chance to see familiar faces providing a nutritious meal to them brought the greatest joy to our students.  The parents continued to express heartfelt thanks for the meals, too.”

While the summer meal program will not officially start until Wednesday after the last day of school, our community partners at Operation Lunchbox will be stepping in on Monday, May 18 to provide two lunches and two breakfasts for families at the same sites and time to cover the two days the school nutrition staff will not be in operation.

For more information on Henry County Schools, visit www.henry.k12.ga.us.

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