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Summer enrichment and meals programs expand, clinics get grants to treat chronic disease and more


(Lawrenceville, Ga., May 19, 2023) – The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners acted on several items this week. Here’s a recap:

Grant supports Building Brains Anywhere summer program

Commissioners accepted a Summer BOOST grant from the Georgia Recreation and Park Association to enhance the Building Brains Anywhere summer enrichment program. Funds will pay for staffing, supplies and weekend meal packs. The enrichment program is offered in select schools, playgrounds and summer camps.

Additional funding awarded to Gwinnett Summer Meals Program

The Gwinnett Summer Meals Program was awarded $370,000 through the American Rescue Plan Act. Over the last four years, the initiative to improve food security has distributed more than 750,000 meals to Gwinnett youth. Children will have access to grab-and-go shelf-stable breakfast and lunch at 21 locations again this summer, beginning May 30 and running until Aug. 1.

Chronic care grants relieve health care resources

Four agencies are helping ease the flow of foot traffic in hospitals and emergency rooms. Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett, Hope Clinic, Positive Impact Health Center and Behavioral Health of Georgia will receive a total sum of $400,000 to treat patients with chronic illnesses and help them avoid emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

“Best Tasting Water in Georgia” to get even better

Water quality monitoring will be improved with the installation of new sample piping, sample pumps and water quality monitoring equipment at Shoal Creek Filter Plant, which produces more than 40 million gallons of drinking water daily. New sample lines will offer more accurate, reliable and representative samples and reduce collection time to allow any water quality disruption to be addressed quickly. Reeves Young LLC was awarded the $2.2 million contract.

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