By Tia Lynn Ivey
In an effort to keep Morgan County children healthy this summer, the Morgan County Charter Schools will provide free meals to children from June 1 through June 30 and from July 5 through July 22.
Meals will be served in the cafeteria at the Morgan County High School located at 1231 College Drive in Madison, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m to 9:15 a.m. for breakfast and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch. There are no income requirements or registration forms. Any child under the age of 18 is welcome to eat.
“It is important to me to give children the opportunity to receive a good nutrition that does not stop just because it is summer vacation, said Kim Johnson, the school nutrition program director. “While children are out of school they still need the proper nutrition to grow, play and learn through the summer months. Seamless Summer Meals are free and help us ensure that no child goes hungry.”
According to Johnson, the meals served under the Seamless Summer Option are reimbursed to participating schools at the “free” rate set by USDA for the National School Lunch Program.
“All meals served meet United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) standards while helping kids fuel up, have fun, and get the nutrition they need for growth and good health,” explained Johnson.
Each year, the USDA partners with local organizations like the Morgan County Charter School System, to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. According to the USDA, this summer the program plans to serve more than 200 million free meals to children 18 years and under at approved SFSP sites across the country.
This is the 12th year the Morgan County Charter School System has participated in the program. Help spread the word about this opportunty by sharing the details of this program with financially needy families with children throughout the county that you may know.