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The Georgia Food Bank Association administers a multi-year “Feeding for a Promising Future” Campaign to fight childhood hunger in Georgia. The campaign will provider leadership, raise awareness, and advocate for change that will eradicate hunger for children in our state.

Our Partners

From 2011 through 2015, our partnership with Share our Strength enabled us to launch the Feeding for a Promising Future: No Kid Hungry Campaign as part of the national No Kid Hungry Campaign effort by Share Our Strength to end childhood hunger in America.  Our focus on summer and afterschool meals programs meant more kids had access to those meal programs!

Current Priorities

With support from the Arby’s Foundation, GFBA member food banks operate programs for children that provide food in “out of school” settings like summer meal sites, afterschool enrichment programs,  and weekend backpacks.  We work together with public officials, nonprofits, community and faith-based groups, private funders and businesses to develop a measurable plan to increase the availability and access to nutritious food for children in Georgia where they live, play and learn.

First Lady Deal

First Lady Deal serving kids lunch at a summer meal site

Our Strategies:  700,000 Georgia children live in households without adequate food:  

(a) increase participation in summer meals through the Summer  Food Service Program (SFSP) which provides nutritious summer meals at sites across the state.  Nearly 60% of children in Georgia’s public schools are  eligible for free and reduced lunch, but less than 15% of them have  access to lunch during the summer when school is out.  The Association is increasing the number of sites with technical assistance and targeted outreach to underserved and unserved counties, and working closely with state office staff and local county officials to promote the availability of the program to parents through a texting system that provides instant access to the locations of the nearest feeding sites.

(b) increase access to afterschool meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).  For many children, lunch at school is the only meal they can count on.  The Association is promoting CACFP to afterschool programs that also provide educational assistance to low income children.

(c) increase access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for families with children.  This targeted program is an effective way to increase access to food at home for low income families with children.
(d)  increase school pantries, backpack programs, and other out of school programs to provide food to kids and families going home to empty pantries.

As we engage communities and stakeholders in the fight to end childhood hunger, we’re going to need everyone to do their part.  Participate in training for one of the two federal child nutrition programs primarily used in Georgia, to connect the kids in your community to healthy meals.

GFBA-265The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program that provides reimbursement for nutritious meals and snacks served to children in child care centers, family day care homes, before/after school programs, and emergency/homeless shelters and to eligible adults in adult care centers. CACFP Training is free but you must register to attend by faxing this form to (404) 651 7430 or call Bright From the Start toll free at 1 (855) 550 7377. 

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a USDA Child Nutrition Program that feeds nutritiousGFBA-266
meals to children in low-income areas when schools are closed for Summer vacation. The program operates through sponsors that utilize sites approved by Bright from the Start to feed children free of charge.  SFSP Training is free but you must register to attend by faxing the appropriate form  to (404) 651-7430 or call Bright From the Start toll free at 1 (855) 550 7377. 

Take a look at why Summer meals access is so important to the children and families of Georgia.