The Summer Alive day camp is an official site for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program, which was established to ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Communities that qualify to receive USDA funds must first meet the average income levels established by the USDA. Once a community qualifies, the USDA contracts with a non-profit organization to administer the program and allows all children 18 and under, as well as handicapped adults of any age, to receive free meals. Thus, family income statistics for Montgomery allow Summer Alive to qualify, but do not require us to screen children by income or home address. All are welcome.
Site Supervisor Tina Tickle teaches healthy eating choices with taste testing and cooking classes for children. Beakfast and lunches are prepared using fresh local produce and vegetables harvested from the Summer Alive garden. Meals are prepared by cooks Megan Bellot and Eustace Lynch using award winning recipes.