The Bryan County Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally funded initiative that provides healthy meals at no cost for children in eligible areas during the summer months. This program has been operational in Bryan County for over 20 years.
Bryan County Family Connection has been administering the program for the Bryan County Board of Commissioners since 2012. There are 16 sites throughout Bryan County, with 13 sites on the North End and four sites on the South End. Sites vary by size, location, and demographics and are located at community centers, parks, churches, summer camps, recreation centers, playgrounds, or other local community areas where children congregate. In 2018, the program fed approximately 300 children in South Bryan and 400 children in North Bryan.
The Summer Food Service Program is federally funded through the USDA. Dollars are reimbursed to local programs through the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). Local program sponsors must follow strict USDA guidelines in order to qualify for reimbursement. The Bryan County Board of Commissioners budgets for the program annually and receives a reimbursement per eligible meal served. This reimbursement helps to offset the costs of the program. The Bryan County BOC expends approximately $64,000 on the program annually, with 85% of expenditures reimbursed.