Montgomery, AL – The school year has ended and students enjoy long afternoons in the sun with friends and family. But what happens when the normal lunchtime routine that exists at school is gone? For many students in the state, getting three meals a day doesn’t come easy. The need for a free or reduced breakfast and lunch that is normally served by schools during the school day still remains when summer begins.
The Alabama Department of Education’s Child Nutrition section offers help for those that do not have access to nutritional, consistent meals. The Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer program are designed to fill the gap and make sure children can get the nutritious meals they need. Both programs were created to ensure children in low-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations.
The Summer Feeding Service program has locations in many local communities in the state. Please contact the site for dates for participation. They are at participating local churches or community centers. The food is prepared and served at the sites to all school age children, 1-18 years of age. Seamless Summer is also a summer feeding program. The meals from Seamless Summer are served at participating local schools. There is no charge for either program and students can come for breakfast and/or lunch at available sites.
To find the Summer Food Service distribution locations in your area, please visit the 2012 Summer Food Service sites. To find Seamless Summer sites, please visit the 2012 Seamless Summer in School Districts sites or call your local Board of Education and speak to the Child Nutrition Director.
“The Summer Feeding programs are not well-known to many parents. We want to help ensure all school age children are receiving proper nutrition during the summer months,” said Perry Fulton, Director of Child Nutrition at the Alabama Department of Education. “We encourage all qualifying children to visit the sites and receive the meals offered.”
For more information, please contact the Alabama Department of Education, Child Nutrition Section at 334-242-1988 or your local Board of Education. Please contact the site for dates for participation.