Summer Food Program

Quality Care for Children is an approved sponsor for the USDA Summer Food Service Program through Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. This program is free to all qualified sites in the Metro Atlanta area: Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Henry, and Rockdale Counties. Each of our sites is called a Fresh Bite Site!

Operating days will run from June 5 to July 21, 2017. All of our meals meet the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) meals pattern requirements plus QCC’s established nutritional standards:

  • 2-week menu cycle (hot meals on 4-week cycle)
  • Fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables daily
  • Whole grain-rich cereals, muffins, breads and pastas offerings
  • Servings of lean meats, poultry, fish, beans and peas and eggs (sandwiches use sliced turkey)
  • No peanuts and pork
  • No fried foods
  • Vegetarian meal substitutions
  • Hot lunch option (for pre-approved sites)
  • “Build Your Own Wrap” Fridays
  • Only one percent low-fat milk

What others are saying:

Most of the children who attend our summer camp receive free or reduced lunch during the school year, and we know that there is a real need for them to continue to have healthy food during the summer. It’s important to us to focus on the whole child so we make health and wellness a daily topic, but we knew that we could not stress to them the benefits of healthy eating if we turned around and served them processed chicken patties for lunch. Without QCC, we would not be able to provide such a quality food service without encumbering the cost.  Read more.

Patrice Barlow, S.E.E.D Academy

Camp Doug serves a diverse group of kids from all over Douglas County each summer, and we depended on their families to ensure that they were eating breakfast and packing a healthy lunch. Once we started serving breakfast, and a healthier snack, we noticed an almost immediate shift in the kids’ behavior for the better. The process of becoming a sponsored summer food site was made easier by working with Quality Care for Children, as they help to keep us organized and led us through the process every step of the way. The staff down to the food delivery people are awesome, and they are always there when you need them. Read more. 

Chad Griffin, Douglas County Parks and Recreation

How It Works

Throughout the summer, QCC and our vendor Open Hand will deliver meals to feed children at your facility. You may choose a combination of 2 meals (breakfast and lunch) or 1 meal + 1 snack. Meals are delivered one business day before service. That means Monday meals arrive on Fridays. Meals must be properly stored at each facility. Facility staff members must take accurate meals counts everyday to ensure the correct number of meals are being ordered and delivered.

How to Apply

Each facility must submit a completed application (download here) by March 17, 2017. There are limited spaces. Each application will be approved on a “first come” basis and a successful Pre-Operational site visit. For more information, call 404-479-4251 or email us at healthykids@qualitycareforchildren.org.

 

Legal

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights
regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.