What’s Right With Our Schools: Bibb County School District distributes summer meals

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School nutrition workers packed breakfasts and lunches for the 2016 Summer Meals Program.


MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Bibb County Schools are handing out meals to kids for the summer.

It is part of its initiative to keep children focused on what they learned during the school year, and their stomachs full when classes are out for the summer.

According to the Summer Meals Supervisor, Bernice Tukes, there are nearly 25,000 students in Bibb County.

Last year, an average of 5,000 students were served summer meals.

Tukes says that number is enough to stay in business.

“We started the summer meal program in order to help continue to make sure that children receive nutritious meals,” Tukes adds, “They’ll still be able to get that fruit and those vegetable that otherwise mom and dad might not be able to purchase.”

The program started six years ago serving from 70-80 different pick-up sites around Bibb County.

“Statistics show that eating more fruits and grains and vegetable is going to help promote a healthy lifestyle…” Tukes adds, “It’s going to help them with their learning ability.”

Workers with school nutrition also packed up more than 3,500 breakfasts and 2,700 snack each day last summer.

Each crate is filled with healthier options.

“Our whole objective is to continue that learning process that they started out with in the year,” says Tukes.

She adds, “I’m hoping that other people will see the importance of this, and try to ensure that kids are receiving a healthy meal even throughout the summer.”

All meals provided are free. The USDA provides the food for Bibb County to pack, seal and distribute.

Children ages 1 to 18 can pick-up a meal at a local site. Click here to find the nearest site in your neighborhood.

The program ends Friday, July 15.

 

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