Free breakfast and lunch over summer ensure kids don’t go hungry

A row of brown bags against a blackboard.Summer is an exciting time for children to enjoy time with friends and family, but for many children, summer can mean many hungry days. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition. For the ninth consecutive year, the Franklin Special School District is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to offer a Seamless Summer Food Service program (SSFS) to children. The SSFS helps to bridge the summer hunger gap by providing free breakfast and/or lunch to kids 18 and under at community sites during the months of May, June and July. 

The 2018 Seamless Summer Food Service program kicks off Tuesday, May 29. The program’s goal is to significantly reduce child hunger over the summer months so there are no forms to fill out or qualifications to meet. Adults may purchase breakfast for $2.25 and lunch for $3.50. 

The FSSD will host an open dining site throughout the summer available to the community on a walk-in basis.

FSSD Summer Dining Site
Johnson Elementary School  •  815 Glass Lane
May 29 through July 27 (closed July 2-6)
Breakfast Service:  8:00 – 8:30 AM  •  Lunch Service: 12:15 – 12:45 PM

Community partners and off-site serving locations include: FSSD Summer Morning and Afternoon Care (MAC) and WeeMAC, Franklin/Williamson County Boys & Girls Club, Franklin Housing Authority, Franktown Open Hearts, The Gentry Education Foundation, Williamson County Parks & Recreation at Academy Park, Franklin Estates Mobile Home Park, Mid-Cumberland Head Start, My Friend’s House, FSSD Young Scholars Institute at Poplar Grove, Franklin Police Department’s Teen Academy, Freedom Intermediate and Freedom Middle summer programs, Cadet Place, and the apartment villages of Harpeth Hills, and Liberty Oaks. Visitors to the FSSD’s Storybus Plus program will also be offered a meal during its summer schedule.

Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.  There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. For questions or more information, please contact FSSD Child Nutrition Supervisor Robbin Cross at crossrob@fssd.org or by phone at 615-794-6624.