It is throughout the academic year that several public school students depend on school lunch for proper nutrition. Statistically, in the state of Georgia one in five children deal with hunger. Once the school year ends, students who struggle with hunger risk losing a meal, which the Clarke County School District is well aware of.
As reported in The Red & Black, that is the reason that after the Athens Housing Authority ended its sponsorship of the Summer Student Service Program earlier this year, CCSD decided to take that on.
Although the AHA sponsored the program for 28 years, they said the major demand of its resources was why they decided to step down.
Now known as the Seamless Summer Option, CCSD will keep on offering about 44,000 meals a day to local students, in various ways.
Summer school, which started throughout the district on June 3, will provide free breakfast and lunch to students.
Many schools around the district will be open for meal service during these dates. Children up to 18 years old can receive free meals, and adult meals will be $3.75.
Summer mobile sites, run by the AHA previously, will still be available and CCSD will continue its partnership with Action Ministries for delivery services. These will run from June 3 to July 19 from 11 a.m to 1 p.m and will feature 19 different delivery sites.
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