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Cherokee To Participate In Free Summer Meals Program

The Cherokee County School District will participate in the USDA Seamless Summer Option for Children program, which provides free meals to children under the age of 18.

The Cherokee County School District will once again participate in the USDA Seamless Summer Option for Children program this summer, providing lunch for children in need at five locations throughout the county, and breakfast as well at three locations.  

The meals are free to any child under the age of 18 and must be consumed on site.  Last summer, the district provided 64,980 meals to hungry children through the program, which is federally funded.  

More than 32 percent of school district tudents qualify for free or reduced lunch, "which means that more than 12,000 students who rely on a breakfast or lunch at school during the year likely do not have access to adequate food during the summer months," the school district said in a press release.

No proof of income is required to participate, and meals are available only during the specific advertised times.  

The program starts on Monday, June 9, and runs through Friday, July 25, at the following locations:

  • YMCA Canton (151 Waleska Street, Canton): breakfast 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.;  lunch 11 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
  • YMCA Woodstock (201 E. Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock): breakfast 8 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.;  lunch 11:30 a.m. - noon
  • East Gate Mobile Home Park (6310 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth): lunch 11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
  • Shadowood Mobile Home Park (6359 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth): lunch at the clubhouse 10:45 a.m.-11 a.m.; lunch at the playground 11:05 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
  • Woodstock High School (2010 Towne Lake Hills South, Woodstock):  breakfast 7:45 a.m. – 8:05 a.m.; lunch noon – 12:20 p.m.

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