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Kids eat free in Thomasville

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Starting next Monday, all kids in Thomas county can get free breakfast and lunch five days a week.

The Thomasville YMCA will administer the Summer Food Service Program June 1st through July 24th.

The program is a continuation of the subsidized school lunch program. During the summer months, kids don't have the opportunity to get that free meal, so the US Department of Agriculture provides a grant for those children.

The Y will serve breakfast to about 2,000 kids, and lunch to nearly 4,000.

Because of the county's high number of low-income families, ALL kids under 18 are eligible for the free meals.

"If fifty percent of your school enrollment qualifies for subsidized lunches during the school year, then the entire county is eligible for the free lunch program. And in Thomas county both the county system and the city system meet that standard," says Wiley Grady, CEO of the Thomasville YMCA.

This is the 12th year the Thomasville YMCA will put on the program.

The food will be prepared at the Thomasville High school cafeteria, and distributed to 32 sites throughout the county.

Here's the list:

Barwick (Westside Park)

Ochlocknee City Park

Boston Community Center

Pavo (Concerned Citizens Building)

Boys & Girls Club

Providence Baptist Church

Butler-Mason YMCA

Thomasville Resource Center

Thomas County Central Middle School

Rivers of Life Church

Cherokee Apartments

Sanford Heights

Circle "C" Trailer Park

Scott Elementary School

N. Crawford City Park

Thomasville High School

Coolidge Pavilion

Twin Oaks

Harper Elementary School

Villa North Apartments

Faircloth Housing Authority

Camp Piney Woods

Neighborhood Center

Weston YMCA

Wood Valley Apartments

Douglas School

Meigs Community Center

Family & Friends Church

Wright Street Mini Market

St. Luke CME Church

Cross Creek Elementary School

Thomas County Central High School.

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