Action Ministries is launching the sixth year of Smart Lunch, Smart Kid, the organization’s nutrition and educational enrichment opportunity program for Georgia’s kids, on May 30, 2017. Created to help 1 million children who are at risk of hunger when school’s out for the summer, the program provides children in communities all across the state with healthy meals and academic enrichment.
Since 2012, Smart Lunch, Smart Kid has served more than 1 million healthy lunches to Georgia children in the neighborhoods where they live, along with enrichment activities and mentoring opportunities to ensure that their minds, as well as their bodies, are nourished. In 2017, the organization will serve lunches in 16 Georgia counties to children who are eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunches during the regular school year. The counties comprise Butts, Carroll, Clarke, Douglas, DeKalb, Fayette, Floyd, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, McDuffie, Newton, Oconee, Richmond and Rockdale.
In addition, Action Ministries has partnered with the Georgia Department of Education and the Get Georgia Reading campaign to help children succeed in school. Volunteer teams are gearing up to distribute 30,000 free books and literacy enrichment, along with lunches, at 98 Smart Lunch, Smart Kid sites, including libraries, schools, parks, churches and housing communities.
Under the guidance of their local coordinator, volunteers and organizations will work together to make, package and deliver up to 1,200 healthy sack lunches per day to children in areas not reached by other programs. In addition, each child will receive at least five books this summer with their lunches and will have access to weekly literacy activities to help them prepare to succeed in school.
Statewide sponsors include 11Alive, Amerigroup, Chick-fil-A Foundation, Enterprise Holdings, Gas South, Georgia’s Own, the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church, United Way of Greater Atlanta and Walmart Foundation.
Volunteer opportunities are now available by contacting the local SLSK coordinator.
For more information about the program, contact Amy Olvey, hunger programs director, at AOlvey@ActionMinistries.net or 678-469-6215.