Shirley Russell|The Thomaston Times
The Thomaston-Upson County School System’s Seamless Summer Meals program is providing an average of 200 children a day a free breakfast and an average of 600 children a day a free lunch. The summer program is funded by the state through the Georgia School Nutrition Program as a way to provide school children ages 18 and younger who may go hungry otherwise with a nutritious breakfast and lunch during the summer. Ten sites around Upson County provide the free lunches each weekday, and three locations - Upson-Lee High School, Upson-Lee Middle School, and the Lincoln Park gym, provide free breakfast as well. School System Nutrition Director Shelley Daniel said the average of 600 kids a day eating lunch is up from last year, which averaged between 500 and 550 a day. She added that the breakfasts and lunches are available for all school children, even those attending sports camps during the summer. The program runs through Thursday, July 31, and school starts back on Friday, August 6. In the photo, a group of children enjoy their lunch at Weaver Park in Thomaston.