COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Muscogee County Seamless Summer Feeding Program is now open to students who attend public or private non-profit schools in Columbus.
The federally-funded state-administered program provides breakfast and lunch to students at no cost Monday through Thursday. The program is open June 4 to July 19 at specified locations throughout the region.
The feeding program is open to students 18 years old and under, and 19 years old's if physically or mentally handicapped.
"If you've never had to experience true hunger, then you cannot fathom it," said Nelson Reames, School Nutrition Specialist. The district will keep 24 school sites open in an effort to alleviate student hunger during the summer break. Breakfast is served 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; lunch at 11:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m. All sites will be closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day.
The Muscogee County School District's nutrition program was recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its summer meal program in April. The district was one of 19 state programs to be awarded for its work to offer high-quality meals to children.