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CLARKE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT PREPARED TO CONTINUE SERVING MEALS TO THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN THIS SUMMER

No interruptions expected for children taking part in Seamless Summer Option

The Clarke County School District’s School Nutrition Department is prepared to continue the tradition of serving 43,965 daily meals to children in Athens-Clarke County through the Seamless Summer Option.  The program enables the district to serve meals to children across the community, including at schools, camps, churches, community centers, playgrounds and Athens Housing Authority (AHA) sites.

The AHA’s decision to end its long-time sponsorship of the Summer Free Lunch program will not impact meal services for the children of Athens-Clarke County.   In fact, the Clarke County School District, which has historically served as the vendor for meals sponsored by the AHA during the summer, will take over responsibilities that were previously managed by the AHA.  CCSD will pick up the AHA’s portion of the program at an additional cost of about $40,000.

“The Clarke County School District is thrilled to fulfill our role as the lead advocate for children in the Athens-Clarke County community,” said Dr. Demond A. Means, Superintendent of Schools. “We enthusiastically embrace the opportunity to provide meals to community sites and our own summer school participants this summer. The community should know that there will be no change in service for our community partners and, most importantly, for our children.”

CCSD’s School Nutrition Department will hire transportation and school nutrition staff, providing summer employment opportunities for community members.  The school district is welcoming donations from community members to help offset the additional cost of the Seamless Summer Option program. Those interested in contributing should contact Dr. Means’ office at 706-546-7721 or meansd@clarke.k12.ga.us.