Summer Food for Kids Program

OCONEE SUMMER FOOD FOR KIDS PROGRAM


This is a 10 week program designed to assist families during the summer by supplementing their food with a box of nutritious food, including fruits and vegetables from local farmers, each week. Children who are registered in the Oconee Food for Kids program usually receive free and reduced lunch during the school year and a bag of kid friendly food for the weekend. Summer Food for Kids was created to fill the food gap for these children during the summer months. The Summer Food for Kids program is designed to assist families by providing a box of food during the 10 weeks of summer. 

 Volunteers fill boxes of food to help provide a week's worth of breakfast and lunch meals to children and families needing assistance. We partner with the Oconee Farmers Market to make sure locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables are included in the boxes. The Cooperative Extension Service provides cards with healthy recipes and information about proper food handling and storage. The program been well received and the families are very appreciative. As one mother stated last year "I do not know what we would have done this summer without your help. The kids are home all day and it has been difficult to keep enough food on hand."

As the program continues to grow and develop we seek out new and continued support from the community. 

Coolers of Food Given to Families


Please help us provide enough food to more families in Oconee County, this Summer. If you are interested and would like to help, please call us at 706-769-4974 or email us at ann@oconeeconnection.org.






Last year we partnered with the Oconee Friends of the Library to provide age-appropriate books to the children throughout the summer months. We will continue this partnership and distribute books again this year along with donated recipe books.

The Summer Food for Kids program runs from the end of May to the last week of July, the entire length of the summer school break. We reach out each year to community members, faith based organizations and businesses to sponsor one week. As we raise more funds we will continue to add more families to the program. This year we would like to add at least 6 more families to our program. Our goal is to make sure all of our 130 children and their younger siblings receive food during the summer months.

2015-2016 Statistics
 Businesses, volunteers and the Oconee Farmers Market worked together.
 32 families/93 children/67 adults received weekly boxes of food.
 This was a 14% increase in children served over last year.
 Cooperative Extension provided recipes and instructions on care of fresh produce were included for strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, eggplant and squash. 
 Food boxes were delivered to homes by OCS faculty and staff. Each box was deposited in coolers provided by supporters of the SFFK program.
 Children’s books, donated by Oconee County Library Friends, included in the food boxes again this summer.





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