The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) School Nutrition Program announces the availability of free meals to children during summer break. Through the federally funded program, Seamless Summer Option, any child under the age of 18 may receive a free meal at any preapproved location throughout the state. There is no income qualification or registration requirement to receive this benefit.
During the academic year, Georgia schools serve more than .5 million breakfasts and approximately 1.1 million lunches daily. More than 77 percent of these meals are provided at a free or reduced price through the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program. Currently, Georgia ranks first in both breakfast and lunch participation levels for states with more than one million students. Compared to all states, Georgia ranks in the top five.
School Food Authorities (SFA) participating in the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program are eligible to apply for the Seamless Summer Option so that meals may continue to be served to the children in their respective communities in the summer. On average, more than 2,200 locations in Georgia continue serving school meals by participating in the Seamless Summer Option.
GaDOE encourages eligible SFAs to consider providing this much-needed service to Georgia’s children.