Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) announces that free meals are available for children 18 and under (and some eligible adults) throughout the state through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
Over 60 percent of Georgia’s school-aged children are eligible for free or reduced lunch when school is in session. The SFSP provides access to free meals in low-income areas during the summer months when students are out of school and may not have access to well-balanced meals throughout the day.
Here is information for Albany and Dougherty County-
ASU Youth Education Program w/SFSP
504- A College Drive
ASU Youth Sports and Enrichment Program
504 College Drive
913 Desota Street
Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Sports Complex
1112 Inverness Street
21 Cherry Ave
Jackson Heights Elementary School
1205 East 2nd Avenue
Live Oak Elementary
4529 Gillionville Road
Martin Luther King Elementary School
3125 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
120 Sunset Lane
Mt. Olive Community Outreach Center, Inc.-Jordan's Crossing
1506 Owens Avenue
1501 Alabama Avenue
New Visions Summer Program (EFVM)
(229) 436-7707 ext. 228
1506 S. Slappey Blvd.
1600 North Madison
714 Partridge Drive
Reeses Helping Hands
701 W Society Ave
1903 Schley Ave
Church Street and Clark Ave
500 S Buren
Young Men's Christian Association of Albany, Inc.-Albany YMCA
4508 Gillionville Rd
Sites can be located by calling 1-855-550-SFSP (7377) or by texting “FOODGA” to 877-877 (standard messaging and data rates apply).
Nutrition Services Director, Falita Flowers, explained the importance of the Summer Food Service Program. “The SFSP is a critical summer resource for children when school is out of session. During the summer, children who receive free and reduced-price meals no longer have that resource available to them. This program helps fill the gap and ensures children have access to free, healthy meals so they can continue to play, learn, and grow.”
For more information about the SFSP and to locate a site where children can access nutritious, free meals, visit the DECAL website at http://www.decal.ga.gov/Nutrition/Search.aspx. Use the search function (zip code or county) to find a list of all local facilities open to the public and sponsors, addresses, maps, contact names, and phone numbers.
In accordance with federal civil rights law and USDA civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
People with disabilities who need alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
The sites are open to anyone under the age 18. This is for meals ONLY- no other services provided
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