The USDA celebrated National Summer Food Service Program Week, “Food That’s In When School is Out,” on Thursday, June 9th at The Salvation Army Marietta Corps.
The federal program provides meals during the summer months for children in low-income areas at feeding sites in communities throughout the country. On a typical day last summer, about 2.3 million children received meals through the Summer Food Service Program.
The children attending the Marietta Corps summer day camp receive nutritious lunches each day prepared by G.A Food Services Inc. The meals consist of fruits, grains, vegetables, protein, and dairy.
Recently, Deputy Administrator for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Lisa Pino spoke about the importance of nutrition education. “Thanks to cities like Marietta, GA, who have become SFSP sponsors and organizations like The Salvation Army in Marietta, GA., who have become SFSP feeding sites, more Georgia children are not going hungry during the summer. Their concerted efforts prepare our children to start the new school year healthy, alert and ready to learn.”
Pino was appointed by the President to oversee the largest of the 15 nutrition assistance programs which provide access to food, opportunities for a healthful diet, and nutrition education to low-income individuals and families.
Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Commissioner, Bobby Cagle, Marietta City Mayor, Steve Tumblin and Southeast Regional Administrator for the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, Donald Arnette were among the attendees of this fantastic program.
To find a summer feeding site in your community, call 1-866-3-Hungry or 1-8-77-8-Hambre or contact the Bright from the Start – Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.
If you would like to learn more about The Salvation Army and the many services and programs we offer, visit www.salvationarmyatlanta.org