FPS, YMCA see low turnout for summer food program

With approximately 50 percent of students in the Fulton Public Schools eligible for free and reduced lunch and high participation in the weekend backpack food program, district officials expected participation in its 2011 Summer Food Program to be high.

Thus far, that has not been the case.

Food Services Director Rhonda Fletcher said the free sack lunches — provided through summer school and at the YMCA Summer Camp at Fulton State Hospital, as well as at the John C. Harris Community Center — have drawn much lower interest than expected.

The Summer Food Program is paid for through the Federal Summer Feeding Grant, which is distributed by the U.S. Department of Health. Any area youth aged 18 or younger can receive a free sack lunch Monday through Friday from now through July 29.

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