In order to ensure that some of the counties most at-risk children receive healthy summer lunches for the eight-week break from school, GMFB is partnering with University of North Georgia in the Summer Feeding Service Program (SFSP), a program of the United States Department of Agriculture Nutritional Division. Through this partnership, GMFB plans to provide healthy lunch meals to 500-700 kids each day throughout the summer break in Hall County, Forsyth County and Lumpkin County. The program has helped feed thousands of kids who would likely go without lunch during the summer break and has filled a vital hunger gap for some of the most vulnerable in our community.
Summer feeding sites supported by GMFB are targeted to provide meals to under-served children and neighborhoods. This year the sites include:
Boys & Girls Club- Walters Club
Boys & Girls Club- Lymman Hall
Boys & Girls Club- Downey CLub
RISE at Melrose
RISE at Fair Street
Greater Emanger Church (Cooley Drive)
New Town Florist Club Girls Camp (Fair Street School)
Triple Gap Apartments
Dahlonega First United Methodist Church at the Wellington Community
Rainbow Children's Home
Woody Gap Suches
The children and youth participating in these vital programs are some of the most at-risk during the summer months for both obesity and childhood food insecurity. We know that these children are facing many roadblocks to success, and during the summer months, these programs provide the children with the tools they need to retain knowledge and keep them healthy and strong until school begins again in August each year. While providing food is necessary, it is important to provide the right types of healthy foods. During the school year, these children qualify for breakfast and lunch meals at school and through our partnerships, we will maintain good nutritional support in the summer months.
Our summer programs are made possible through the generosity of:
Chestnut Mountain Church
Cotton Eyed Joe's
Enterprise Commercial Trucks
Georgia Food Bank Association
LaserCraft Technologies, Inc.
Milton Martin Honda
For more information about Summer Feeding Program or how you can become involved with the GMFB, call 770-534-4111 or watch an informational video here.