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SWHRA feeding Hardin County kids for free again this summer, but no more take-out meals

Tennessee’s Southwest Human Resource Agency, also known as SWHRA, is giving away free meals to Hardin County children now through mid-July.
Children 18 years old and under are eligible to participate in the free summer program. The agency is distributing meals at four sites in Hardin County.
“Childhood hunger is a concern when schools are closed. The free meals will help prevent children from going hungry over their summer vacation,” said SWHRA summer food service program monitor Hannah Johnson.
Johnson noted that changes were made to the program and it will be different than it has been the last two summers.
“For the last two years children were able to grab to-go meals from participating location sites due to COVID concerns. We have now returned to our previous setup of children receiving and eating their meals at our approved location sites,” she explained.
Free meals are being offered Monday through Friday at the following Hardin County locations until Thursday, June 30: East Hardin Elementary, breakfast, 7:45-8:45 a.m., lunch, 11:15 a.m. to noon. Hardin County High School, breakfast, 8-9 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Little Britches Learning Center in Savannah is serving breakfast from 8:30-9:15 a.m. Monday through Friday until June 29. New Chapel Freewill Baptist Church in Counce is serving dinner Monday through Friday, 7-8 p.m., until July 18.
The SWHRA’s summer food service program was established to help ensure children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Department of Human Resources. Call 731-989-5111 for more information.


  1. Linda T on June 8, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    Good idea, but not a great idea. With fuel prices, lack of transportation and/or time to have the rides wait was not thought out. A lot of kids I think will suffer.

  2. HRG on June 9, 2022 at 2:11 pm

    I agree. There isn’t a single location that, for me, wouldn’t require at least an hour round trip. I have two children that could benefit, but cannot afford to make that trip daily.

  3. Cynthia on June 10, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    A lot of parents/grandparents do not have the transportation. Last yr they could set up a ride to pick up once a week. Even some people with transportation aren’t going to be able to do this with the cost of gas now . Some are barely making enough money to pay for gas to get to work & pay there bills Very poor decision. Alot of Children are going to suffer from this very poor decision

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