Free summer meals for all Schley children 18 and under

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Kids playing basketball at Summer Cafe
Kids playing basketball at Summer Café

by Beth Alston

ELLAVILLE—The Summer Café, sponsored by Feeding the Valley Inc., Fourth United Holiness Church and the Schley County Family Connection Collaborative, is well underway this summer feeding 70 children daily in Schley County. The Summer Café currently provides free summer meals to all children age 18 and under in Schley, Marion, Webster, Stewart and Muscogee counties in Georgia, as well as areas within Phoenix City, Ala.

The Summer Café serves meals from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. each weekday through the end of Julyat Fourth United Holiness Church, 192 N. Thompson St. in Ellaville.

All children receive a hot, balanced meal including a meat, vegetable, fruit and juice. The food is prepared by Serve Safe Certified Staff of Feeding The Valley Inc. in Columbus and delivered to Ellaville in specially designed coolers to keep food either hot or cold.

Kids at Summer Café
Kids at Summer Café

The Summer Café is not based on income. It is available to all children age 18 and under who live in Schley County. There is also no cost for the program.

In addition to being the host for the Summer Café, Fourth United Holiness Church is providing youth activities and games during the Summer Café program.

The church is also providing free transportation to all children who live within the Ellaville City limits. Parents, grandparents, churches and civic organizations are also encouraged to transport children to the site.

“The Summer Café, USDA Foods Distribution and SNAP programs are all providing food to the citizens of Schley County who are in need,” said John T. Greene, Georgia Family Connection coordinator for Schley County. “Schley County is blessed with excellent sources of food from local grocery stores, businesses, vendors and beneficial programs like the Summer Café. Schley County is not a food starved community,” he added.

For information about the Summer Café, USDA or SNAP food programs, call 937-5334.

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Georgia Family Connection is a statewide network with a Collaborative in all 159 counties.