All Children in Troup County Set to Receive Free Meals
Thanks to an extension from the Seamless Summer Option program, all Troup County youth ages 18 and under can now receive free breakfast and lunch meals. This means that any parent who is currently paying for their child’s lunch can now save those lunch funds or apply them to a household need. The extension started today in Troup County and will continue until December 31, 2020 unless additional funds are made available to extend the program further.
Diane Pain, Director of School Nutrition for Troup County School System (TCSS), said, “Parents will receive five days of breakfast and lunch meals at no cost. Students who go through the lunch line at school will not have to pay because all youth are now covered under this program extension.”
Pain added, “This will save parents $14.25 per week in breakfast and lunch costs if they have an elementary students and $21.00 per week for each child in middle and high school. In addition, a child does not have to attend a TCSS school, they just have to be under the age of 18 and they will be provided breakfast and lunch at no cost.”
Only meals for enrolled TCSS students will be available at school during school hours. Virtual students, children not attending a TCSS school such as toddlers, older children 18 or under not attending school, children in private schools or home school students may pick up meals Monday 3:30 to 6:00 or from one of the bus delivery routes beginning next Monday. Monday meals served to virtual or unenrolled students will contain 5 days of meals.
Meal distribution for virtual students will be every Monday from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm. TCSS school buses will also begin a bus distribution service along pre-determined routes beginning next Monday. Parents and community members can check troup.org for the bus routes Friday.
About Troup County School System
Troup County School System is an accredited educational system with over 12,100 students in grades K-12. TCSS does offer a free Pre-K program at each elementary school. The system is comprised of eleven elementary schools, three middle schools, three high schools, one college and career academy, and one alternative learning center. Students within the school system are taught a rigorous and relevant curriculum that helps them make college and career choices beyond graduation and succeed in life. The system 2019 graduation rate is 86.6 percent. To learn more about Troup County School System, visit troup.org and the Troup County School System Facebook page.