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Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 11:04am

Program Combats Child Hunger

With the arrival of summer break, more poor children could miss meals.

During the academic school year, Georgia schools serve 5 million breakfasts and 1.1 million lunches every day.

Seamless Summer, a joint Georgia Department of Education and USDA program, attempts to bridge the summer gap.

The city of Gainesville has already started says Tammy Lommel, Director of Nutrition at Gainesville City Schools:

“In Gainesville city we opened our site last week and we will feed through the end of June--everyday, breakfast and lunch and it's free to children 18 and under.”

Seamless Summer offers families flexibility says Pamela Jones of the Georgia Department of Education:

“You have breakfast, lunch, we also have an a.m. snack, we have p.m. snacks. The system, the sponsor makes the determination about which sites will be operating and what meal types they will provide."

The Georgia Department of Education anticipates 2,715 sites to serve summer meals in 2012.

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