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Children’s free summer meals start Monday
School food service hosts 5 lunch and 2 breakfast sites

The Bulloch County Schools’ annual Seamless Summer Nutrition Program, with free breakfast and free lunch available to children from 1 to 18 years old, will operate Monday through Friday, June 3 through June 28, at multiple locations.

Part of a nationwide program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the meals are not limited to students in the school system, but are available to all in the age range. Meals must be eaten at the sites where they are served, with no take-away allowed.

This year, just two sites, both of which are schools, will serve breakfasts. But lunches will be served at five sites, including the two schools plus three residential locations.

Julia P. Bryant Elementary School, 421 West Main St., Statesboro, and Portal Middle High School, 27245 US Hwy. 80, Portal, will both serve breakfast from 8 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.

For lunch, times vary among the sites as follows:

➤ Julia P. Bryant Elementary, 12:00-12:45 p.m.

➤ Portal Middle High, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

➤ Butler Homes Community Building, 300 Johnson St., Statesboro, 12:15-12:45 p.m.

➤ Cone Homes Community Building, 33 Cone Homes, U.S. Highway 80 E., Statesboro, 11:00-11:30 a.m.

➤ Groover Homes Community Building, 20 Packinghouse Rd., Statesboro, 12:00-12:30 p.m.

School system staff members have heard some questions about why other specific sites aren’t included. But staffing is limited, and some of the suggested sites had very low participation in the past, said Hayley Greene, the Bulloch County Schools public relations and marketing specialist.

“So they have tried to put the sites where we have had the most demand,” she said.

Eight school food service workers will be operating the sites, but more can be added, or fewer called upon, depending on participation, BCS Nutrition Director Megan Blanchard said, in replies to questions relayed by Greene.

The school system is reimbursed for each meal served at the same rate received from USDA for free lunches during the school year. In deciding where to serve the meals, the local planners looked for areas with high numbers of children qualifying for free and reduced-price lunches.

“If we have a successful year, we plan to add to the sites next year,” Blanchard said.

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