Program aims to fill nutrition gap during summer

A program is aimed at making sure that children get healthy meals even when they aren't in school during the summer.

According to Kogi Daniels with the Dougherty County School System, during the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. However, they are looking at what happens when school is no longer in session. They believe that hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process and that a lack of nutrition during the summer months may set up a cycle for poor performance once school begins again.

The Summer Food Service Program is designed to fill that nutrition gap and make sure children can get the nutritious meals they need.

Here are the schools and dates of participation:
Lincoln Elementary School May 29â" July 20
Sherwood Elementary May 22-July 27
Jackson Heights Elementary School May 25-July 27
Merry Acres Middle School May 25â" June 28
Albany High School May 25-June 22
Northside Elementary School May 25-June 1
Monroe High School May 29-June 15
Monroe High School June 25â" June 29
Dougherty High School June 4-June 18
Southside Middle School May 29-June 29
Albany YMCA May 21-June 27
YMCA Sports Park May 21-June 27
Litman Cathedral-May 29-July 27 (Breakfast Only)
Radium Elementary June 4-July 27
Oaktree Summer Camp (2705 Robinson Point) May 30-June 22
Turtle Grove Park May 30-July 27