Georgia program feeds hundreds of thousands of meals to kids in summer

WARNER ROBINS -- The Houston County school system is providing children free meals during the summer in order to make sure they receive nutritious meals.

About 10:30 Friday morning, eight children transported from New Hope Ministries Church in Warner Robins were the first to arrive at Northside High’s cafeteria for lunch.

Sitting at several booths, the children, from about 3 or 4 years old up to teenagers, received a hot dog, apple slices, milk, carrots and ranch dressing.

Meanwhile, about a dozen school staff had been on-site since around 6:30 or 7 a.m. preparing 3,100 meals.

Houston County’s annual summer feeding program operates weekdays until July 21. The program, sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education, offers free breakfast and lunch to any child up to 18 years old.

“A lot of times, the only meal children get is at school, and we want to make sure they get a good meal,” said Sybrennia James, school nutrition area manager over the summer feeding program.

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