Many people forget that for those students on free or reduced lunch during the school year, meals during summer vacation take a toll on the family. But one program hopes to address that. The first annual Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program was created to help the approximate 800,000 at-risk school-age children during the summer.
Operational for about 4 summer months, the program took one day to make and deliver as many lunches as possible. Churches and community volunteers from Rome, Athens, Gainesville, Augusta and Atlanta gathered 432 participants and the effort became a Guinness World Record effort.
Casey Johnston, a student at Rome High School, said:
“It makes me feel good to help other people and to know that they are getting food during the summer."
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Photo: Smart Lunch, Smart Kid staff pose with a student and her drawing. 2013