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Summer Meal Program

Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 1:25 pm

The South Cumberland Summer Meal Program is now seeking partners to provide free summer meals beginning June 8 through August 2. The summer meal program increases access to nutritious meals when school meals are not available. The program delivers kid-friendly meals to a wide range of partner sites such as summer camps, reading programs, sports and enrichment programs, vacation Bible school, libraries, churches or any organization that can benefit from no-cost, nutritious meals for children.
In the face of COVID-19, the South Cumberland Summer Meal Program has been streamlined for easier access. For example, “drive-through” distribution will now be possible. Additionally, a number of previous USDA requirements have been relaxed including the number of meals that can be distributed at one time. Meal sites may register for breakfast, lunch, snack, supper, or a combination including two of these options. Additionally, sites may request meals for any timeframe during program operation—be it only for a few days or the entire summer.
“We served 720 children last summer and expect to increase this number considerably, especially in light of COVID-19. Any organization that wants to provide free meals to local children can contact me today. The program is straightforward and benefits our community tremendously,” said Hannah Olinger, Hunger Relief & Literacy Coordinator with the South Cumberland Plateau AmeriCorps VISTA Project.
If your organization is interested in becoming a meal site, please contact Hannah Olinger before April 1. Email Hannah at or call (423) 765-6803.