GC Now Hosting Free Summer Youth Meal Program

Garrett College is once again working in cooperation with the Garrett County Board of Education to provide Summer Youth Meal opportunities which are made possible through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). This cooperative initiative provides free breakfasts and lunches to all individuals age 18 and under, Monday through Friday, during the summer months.

The Laker Café on the McHenry campus will be an open site location for distribution of free breakfasts and lunches to anyone age 18 and under. Adults may receive a meal for a modest fee. Breakfast is served from 8 to 10 a.m. and lunch is available from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. The meal program began June 17th and will continue through
August 23rd. No meals will be served on July 4th.

The goal of the SFSP project is to provide nutritious meals to children during the months they do not have access to a school lunch program. It was first created by the USDA as part of a larger pilot program in 1968 and became a separate program in 1975. More than 2.2 million children participated at almost 35,000 sites in the summer of 2009. Local sponsors form partnerships to provide community meal sites.

Scott Germain, Food and Nutrition Program Manager for Garrett County Board of Education, coordinates local meal sites. “It has been great to form a partnership with Garrett College and find a way to offer free summer meals to the students of Garrett County. I hope this partnership continues in the future,” Germain said.

“This is a great opportunity for youth in our area to stop in the Laker Café at Garrett College to enjoy a nutritious free meal. It is particularly convenient for those who are on campus for camps or swimming at the CARC (Community Aquatic & Recreation Complex),” said Ann Wellham, Dean of Marketing and Enrollment Management. “We are proud to be part of this Board of Education program,” she added.

For more information on the Summer Youth Meal Program at Garrett College, persons may contact Wellham at 301-387-3045 or visit

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