Questions and Answers
Question: The DeKalb County School District usually operates 50 sites. How were those sites selected? Do you have a list of those sites? Will DeKalb Schools be serving meals anywhere else over the Summer that is not part of this initiative?
Response from Dr. Joyce Wimberly: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers a Seamless Summer Option for School Nutrition Programs to provide nutritious meals, after the regular school year ends.
In addition to serving DeKalb Summer Schools and the Parks and Recreation Program, meals are served at no cost to all community children 18 years old and under, in communities where DeKalb is offering summer school. Student eligibility during the school year is available to them.
A student not participating in summer school follows the visitor procedures provided to DeKalb County Summer School Administrators by School Nutrition:
- All students are required to check-in at the school’s front office with the principal and/or designated school administrative personnel to sign the Seamless Summer daily attendance meal roster (breakfast and/or lunch) and retrieve a visitor ‘s meal ticket
- Students will take the visitor meal tickets to the School Nutrition cafeteria in return for a reimbursable meal. Cashiers will check the ticket for accuracy (student/adult name, date, and administrator signature)
- Last summer, DeKalb County School Nutrition Services provided meals for 1,699 visiting students from the community. This initiative helps to further reduce hunger and support students when schools are not in session
Question: The DeKalb County Parks and Recreation Centers operate 50-60 food sites exclusively. What are we doing to coordinate and not duplicate efforts with the county?
Response from Dr. Joyce Wimberly: DeKalb County School Nutrition Services is the sole vendor for the Parks & Recreation Program. Meals will be prepared and delivered from two meal preparation sites: Bethune and Redan Middle Schools.
Meals provided to DeKalb County Schools are provided at the locations the School District has identified. A School Nutrition employee will be assigned to each school to ensure food safety and meal accountability. Breakfast will consist of a cold meal and hot meals will be prepared for lunch.
Public media notices will be available on the District’s website, and School Nutrition Services webpage regard-ing program locations and eligibility.