Summer Food Service Begins
Beginning Tues., May 29, 2018, the Summer Food Service Program will provide lunches to children and youth at 27 summer day camps, educational and sports programs, and recreation centers throughout the community.  Athens Housing Authority will organize the Summer Food Service Program in Athens-Clarke County again this year.

The Athens Housing Authority spearheaded the program for the community in 1990 has been consistently running it since then.  This year, the Foodbank of Northeast Georgia will be aiding with the Summer Food Service Program.  Last year, the Housing Authority and the Foodbank joined forces to manage the program.

As always, meals will be provided to all children aged three to 18 years free of charge.  Because many of the serving sites are day camps, at summer programs, all children and youth enrolled in the program will have lunch provided.  However, those who live near the serving site may also have lunch by arriving at the site at

lunch time.  All lunches must be consumed on site and participants should let the site director know how often they plan to attend the Summer Food Service Program in order to plan for the number to be served each day.

The Summer Food Service Program will serve lunches from May 29 – July 18, 2018.  Lunches will be served between 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Serving times will vary by site.  The Summer Food Service Program ensures a nutritious meal each day and can help families save on grocery bills this summer.  For more information about the Summer Food Service Program, please call 706-425-5354 to learn about serving sites and times.

The Summer Food Service Program sites are as follows:

ACC Library Athens Land Trust YMCA
Auburn Library Bethel Midtown Village Boys & Girls Club – Barrow County
Broadacres Recreation Center DESTNED’S Read to Succeed Community Center – East Athens
First AME Church 4th St. Village Boys & Girls Club – Garnett Ridge
Memorial Park Mt Pleasant Baptist Church Nellie BCommunity Center
Oglethorpe County Library Parkview Recreation Center Rocksprings Recreation Center
Boys & Girls Club  Smilow Statham Public Library Boys & Girls Club H.T. Edwards
Salvation Army The Wiz Academy Thomas Lay Recreation Center
Timothy Baptist Church United Team Sports Center YWCO Girls Club

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (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.

Persons with disabilities who require 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.  Individuals 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.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.