Summer meal program helps feed hundreds of children each week

child eating lunch

The South Cumberland Summer Meal Program, now in its second year of providing nutritious meals to young people in Grundy, Franklin, and Marion counties, served about 350 breakfasts, 600 lunches, and 370 dinners during the first five days of the program this summer.

The meal program is a project of the South Cumberland Plateau VISTA program, a joint effort of the University and the South Cumberland Community Fund. It is administered by Sewanee Dining and the Office of Civic Engagement. Twenty-two community organizations, including churches, schools, and public libraries, partner with the program to provide space, develop programming, and enlist volunteer support for serving the meals and recruiting children.

Eighteen summer VISTA volunteers—including 12 who are either current Sewanee students or recent graduates—help operate the program. Read more about it here.